The Brock women’s basketball team came to Hamilton on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 26) with an unblemished record in Ontario University Athletics competition. But a fired up group from McMaster sent the Badgers to their first league defeat by winning 63-38 as part of Marauder Weekend.
Coming off a loss in Windsor, the Marauders played an inspired game against a Brock team that was ranked No. 7 by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Contesting every shot and allowing very few second opportunities, McMaster grabbed an early lead and was on top 16-8 after one quarter.
It looked like Brock had left its shooting touch in St. Catharines as the Badgers struggled to score for the entire game. McMaster was able to extend its lead to 26-15 in the second quarter, as Brock shot a frigid 17% from the floor for the first half.
The third quarter saw McMaster burst out and score the first 11 points to bump up the margin to 22 points before Brock scored its first hoop. The Marauders dominated the quarter, winning it 24-11 and held a commanding 24-point leading heading to the fourth.
With a comfortable lead, McMaster continued to control the tempo, while rebounding hard and making it difficult for Brock to score. McMaster never allowed the Badgers to gain any momentum and cruised to the 25-point win, in what was probably the team’s best 40-minute performance of the season.
Marauder Hailey Milligan was a force all game, scoring a game high 21 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, to take BIG MAC player of the game honours. Vanessa Bonomo scored 11 in her first game back from injury, and Danielle Boiago chipped in with 10. Brock was led by Nicole Rosenkranz, who scored 13.
McMaster won the rebounding battle 50-37, while holding Brock to just 22% shooting for the game.
The Marauders improve their OUA record to 7-8 and will next play at Laurier on Wednesday (Jan. 30).