BRAMPTON, Ont. - Coming off a 10-day break between games, the Sheridan Bruins women's basketball team (18-6, 12-3 OCAA) was slow out of the gates - trailing by as many as 10, scoring just 21 points, and having nearly as many turnovers (8) as made field goals (9) in the first half. But once they found their legs in the second half, they out-scored Niagara 47-31 over the final 20 minutes to earn a 68-61 victory.
"Tonight's game was very similar to the last time we faced Niagara in December in that we had a very slow start and had to fight to dig ourselves out of the hole," head coach Sean Douglas said. "We made some slight defensive adjustments in the second half and forced turnovers which ignited our offence at the other end. Although grind-it-out wins like this build character, we need to fix these slow starts going forward and when the playoffs roll around."
Although the visitors remained in control throughout much of the third quarter, the Bruins were able to edge in front with just over 2 minutes remaining in the period thanks to an and-1 from Curryl Watson. The margin would stay within three over the end of the third and early into the fourth, until an 11-2 Sheridan run opened up a 60-49 advantage with 5:42 to play.
Niagara's Hannah Baker drilled her last of three 3-pointers on the night to cut the lead back to single digits, but Theresa Brown supplied the dagger with a 3-ball of her own with 2:18 remaining that ultimately put the game out of reach. Brown scored a game-high 20, while hauling down 12 boards to post her first double-double of the season.
They will play the penultimate game of the four-game home stand when they host UTM on Feb. 2.