ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University Male and Female Athletes of the Week for the week ending February 25th are men’s basketball player Mark Gibson (Toronto, Ont) and women’s basketball player Andrea Polischuk (Brantford, Ont.).
Gibson, a fifth year Sociology major, led the Brock men’s basketball team to a 1-1 record in the postseason. In two games, he averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In his return to the Badgers lineup, Gibson recorded 20 points and seven boards in their first round playoff win over the Laurier Golden Hawks.
Polischuk, a third year Business major, led the Brock women’s basketball team in scoring registering 22 points, six rebounds and five assists in their OUA West Semi-Final loss to the McMaster Marauders.
Badgers Dugas receives CIS Swimming Student-Athlete Community Award
Brock University women’s swimmer Erica Dugas is the recipient of the CIS Swimming Student-Athlete Community award for her strong community involvement as a student-athlete.
The fourth year Concurrent Education/Physical Education has been highly involved in the community over her four years at Brock while holding an 80+ academic average each year. She has been a three-time OUA Academic All-Star and three-time CIS Academic All-Canadian.
“Erica graduates this year after four years of leadership within our team,” said Brock head coach Peter Bradstreet. “She continually demonstrates how it is possible to combine athletics, academics, and leadership into one package.”
Dugas is currently Chair of the Brock University Athletic Council and was a member of executive council in 2011-12. At Brock, she has also been a mentor for past three years in the IMPACT programme which brings together volunteer athletes to mentor one-on-one with troubled youth as role models.
In the Niagara community she is co-coordinator of the Brock Niagara Penguins programme, a gym and swim programme for disabled youth in Niagara. She has acted as a volunteer coach with two local Special Olympics swim teams over the past four years.
This past summer she was part of an International Perspectives on Development through Sport, Health, and Physical Education class travelling to El Salvador. While in El Salvador, Dugas and her classmates used sport and games to teach kids life skills that will veer them away from the country’s extreme youth violence.
Other community service includes coaching within the local swim club novice programme, volunteering within a local school and participating in the CIBC Run-for-the-Cure each year with the Badgers swim team.
“Brock University would like to congratulate Erica on her award at the CIS level,” said Brock Director of Athletics Robert Hilson. “She is a tremendous community leader and has excelled as a student-athlete.”
Brock men’s basketball falls to No. 6 Lancers 85-61 in OUA 1/4 Finals
WINDSOR, Ont. – The Brock University men’s basketball team (8-13 OUA West, 1-1 playoffs) ended their season with an 85-61 loss in the OUA 1/4 Finals to the No. 6 ranked Windsor Lancers Saturday night at the St. Denis Centre.
The Lancers opened the game on a 9-2 run over the first three minutes. The Badgers answered with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to tie the game 9-9 with 5:56 left in the first quarter. Brock trailed the Lancers 23-18 after 10 minutes.
In the second quarter, Brock added six straight points in the opening minute to tie the game 23-23. The teams would exchanges baskets which saw four different lead changes over the next six minutes. In the final two minutes of the first half, Windsor outscored Brock 5-2 and led 42-37 after 20 minutes.
In the third quarter with the score 45-42, the Lancers went on a 16-4 run to go up by 15 points, 61-46 with 1:50 left in the quarter. Windsor led 63-51 after 30 minutes.
Early in the fourth quarter, Brock senior Mark Gibson (Toronto, Ont.) drained a three-pointer to cut the Windsor lead to seven 63-56 with 9:15 left in regulation.
Over the next seven minutes the Lancers put the game out of reach as they went on an 18-0 run leading by as many as 25 points, 81-56, with 2:22 remaining.
Windsor had four players reach double digits. Lien Phillip led all scorers with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double. Ismar Seferagic and Evan Matthews added 15 points each while combining for five three-pointers. Enrico Diloreto contributed with 10 points and five rebounds in the victory.
Leading Brock was Gibson who recorded 17 points and six rebounds in his final game as a Badger. Jameson Tipping (Orangeville, Ont.) contributed with 15 points and seven rebounds. Also in double figures was Mike Luby (Kenora, Ont.) and C.J. Smith (Scarborough, Ont.) who chipped in with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Windsor shot 45.3% (34-for-75) from the field, 34.5% (10-for-29) from beyond the arc and 63.6% (7-for-11) from the charity stripe.
The Badgers knocked down just 22 field goals going 22-for-70 (31.4%) from the floor. They were also 26.7% (8-for-40) from three-point ranges and 64.3% (9-for-14).
Brock men’s basketball advances to OUA west semi-finals with 81-75 over Laurier
WATERLOO, Ont. – The Brock University men’s basketball team (8-13 OUA West, 1-0 postseason) came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat the Laurier Golden Hawks by the score of 81-75 to advance to the OUA West semi-finals.
“This was a great team win tonight,” said Brock men’s basketball head coach Brad Rootes. “We showed a lot of toughness and determination when they went up by double digits in the third quarter to comeback and win on the road.”
Four minutes into the opening quarter, Laurier led 9-4, before the Badgers went on a 12-0 run leading 16-9 with 2:31 left in the first. Brock led 39-32 at the half.
In the third quarter, Laurier went on a 16-3 run and led by eight after 30 minutes 60-52.
Brock would answer back in the fourth quarter, putting together a 5-0 run in the opening minute to cut the lead to three, 60-57.
The Badgers led 72-71 with 3:21 remaining in regulation before the CIS leading scorer Max Allin knocked down back-to-back field goals for Laurier to take a 75-72 lead with 1:37 left in regulation.
Brock answered with field goals from seniors Mark Gibson (Toronto, Ont.) and Mike Luby (Kenora, Ont.) to regain the one goal lead 76-75 with 27 seconds remaining.
Jameson Tipping (Orangeville, Ont.) knocked down 5-of-6 free throws in the final 15 seconds to secure the victory.
The Badgers had four players in double figures led by Gibson who recorded 20 points and seven rebounds. Tipping and Tshing Kasamba contributed with 14 points each while combining for 20 rebounds. Luby chipped in with 10 points and five boards. Senior Didi Mukendi (St. Catharines, Ont.) rounded out the Brock leaders finishing with nine points and four assists.
For the Golden Hawks, Maxwell Allin led all scorers with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists. William Coulthard, Aiddian Walters and Nathan Thompson contributed with 18, 14 and 12 points respectively.
For the game, Brock shot 38.7% (29-for-75) from the field, 32.0% (8-for-25) from downtown and 71.4% (15-for-21) from the free throw line. The Golden Hawks shot 37.5% (27-for-72) from the field, 44.4% (8-for-18) from beyond the arc and 92.9% (13-for-14) from the charity stripe.
Marauders knock off No. 8 Brock women’s basketball 73-67 in OUA West Semi-Finals
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University women’s basketball team (18-3 OUA West, 0-1 postseason) had their season come to an end Saturday afternoon at home as they dropped a 73-67 decision to the McMaster Marauders (12-9 OUA West, 2-0 postseason).
Since making it to the OUA West Final in back-to-back-years in 2004 and 2005, the Badgers have gone just 7-11 in the postseason including four one-game exits.
McMaster opened the game on an 8-2 run in the first four minutes and extended their lead to 16, 26-10, with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter. Brock closed out the quarter on a 6-0 run cutting the Marauders lead to ten, 26-16.
Midway through the second quarter, McMaster put together a 7-2 run as they led by double-digits again 35-24 with 4:13 left in the half.
The Badgers would go on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to tie the game 37-37 with 12 seconds on the clock.
The Marauders would close out the half with a three from Vanessa Bonomo at the buzzer to take a 40-37 lead after 20 minutes.
To open the third quarter, McMaster rookie Danielle Boiago drained one of her game-high six three-pointers from the top of the arc to put the maroon and grey up 43-37.
The Badgers would answer back with nine of the next 11 points to take a 46-45 lead with 6:24 left in the third quarter.
The two teams would exchange baskets the remainder of the quarter with four different lead changes. McMaster led 55-54 after 30 minutes.
In the first three minutes of the final quarter, the Marauders went on a 9-2 run to take a 64-56 lead.
Brock would rally back and cut the McMaster lead to one, 68-67 with 58 seconds remaining.
The Marauders Boiago would drain a clutch three with 30 seconds left in regulation to put her team up 71-67. In desperation, Brock would miss three straight three-point attempts to end the game.
Boiago knocked down two free throws in the final seconds to secure the road victory.
Boiago led all scorers with a game-high 30 points including six three-pointers. Hailey Milligan recorded 17 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double. Also in double digits was Elizabeth Burns who added 10 points in the victory.
Leading the Badgers was Andrea Polischuk (Brantford, Ont.) who collected 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. Nicole Rosenkranz (Niagara Falls, Ont.) contributed with 18 points, seven assists and nine rebounds. Kayla Santilli (Brantford, Ont.) rounded out the leaders adding 13 points and four rebounds.
For the game, McMaster shot 41.5% (27-for-65) from the field, 31.8% (7-for-22) from beyond the arc and 85.7% (12-for-14) from the charity stripe. Brock shot 40.0% (26-for-65) from the field, a dismal 16.7% (3-for-18) from three-point range and 92.3% (12-for-13) from the free throw line.