Laurier: 53 Brock - OUA Quarter-final: 72
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (February 25, 2012) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team had their season come to an end on Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Brock Badgers 72-53 in the OUA Quarter-finals.
Nicole Rosenkranz of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Samantha deJong of St. Catharines, Ont., were difference makers in the game for the Badgers as each player recorded a double-double. Rosenkranz had 17 points and 11 rebounds while deJong had 12 points and 18 rebounds as Brock outrebounded Laurier 55-41, including 23-15 on the offensive glass.
"You got to give Brock a lot of credit," said Head Coach PAUL FALCO
after the game. "They came out and competed really hard and took advantage on the offensive glass. They were able to steal some boards away from us and they got some easy put backs. They got the momentum going and our finishing wasn't there."
"We didn't do some things defensively that we set out to do," said veteran forward Christa Mancino
of Port Colborne, Ont., who played in her final game in a Hawks uniform. "We battled hard and some things didn't go our way. They were definitely ready for us defensively."
After a back-and-forth first quarter, Brock took the game over in the second quarter as they outscored Laurier 20-6 to take a 42-26 lead at the half. The Hawks would come out strong in the third quarter, looking to pull off a second-straight double-digit comeback but were unable to get closer than 12 points. The Badgers closed out the game in the fourth as they advanced to the OUA Final Four tournament next weekend.
Mancino led the Hawks with 17 points and seven rebounds. Shelby Kurt
of Waterloo, Ont., was the only other Hawk to reach double-digits as she finished with 11 points in the game.
"Christa has been a treat to coach the last four years," said Falco of his graduating senior. "She wears her emotions on her sleeve and comes out ready to go every day in practice. She's a great player and one of the top offensive threats in the league. We're going to miss her [next year]."
Despite the loss, the 2011-12 season goes into the history books as one of the best in school history. With only three players having three or more years experience in the OUA, the Hawks posted the fourth-highest win total in team history (13-9) and advanced to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive season.