Brendan Stasiewich, Mount Royal Sports Information
Calgary- The Brandon Bobcats (5-7) narrowly fended off the Mount Royal Cougars (2-8) on Saturday evening on Kenyon Court, getting the 92-85 win thanks to an MVP like performance from Keisha Cox.
Cox finished the game with 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. Lauren Anderson also played well making all nine of her free throws and scoring 24 points while bringing down 11 boards.
Angelo Driscoll was the Cougars' best player on the floor in the loss, going 6-11 from the floor with eight rebounds and eight assists.
Mount Royal started the game shooting hot, knocking down their first four shots to take a 9-4 lead in just the first two minutes of the game.
Angela Driscoll had one of her best quarters of the season for the Cougars, tenaciously battling for loose balls, pulling in a few offensive rebounds and making three of her four field goal attempts helping her squad to a 22-14 lead after 10 minutes.
Brandon upped their defensive presence early in the second quarter, pulling ahead by four points and forcing a Mount Royal timeout after two straight steals by Keisha Cox led to points.
While Mount Royal had solid perimeter defense, their forwards were constantly outmatched under the basket and took foul after foul. Brandon would make them pay by making 9-11 of their first half free throw attempts.
The Cougars' early game effort was erased within minutes as Brandon took advantage of Mount Royal's panic on both sides of the ball, taking a 10-point lead.
Despite Mount Royal shooting 48 per cent in the first half they found themselves down 48-36 as the Bobcats scored 25 points off of the Cougars' 17 first half turnovers.
Aided by her team's 14 first half offensive rebounds, Keisha Cox stood out for the visitors, draining seven field goals for a team-leading 15 points.
The Cougars started the third quarter much like the first, making most of their shots early, gaining momentum in the process and cutting the Bobcats lead to two within the first four minutes.
Cox continued her strong game, pulling up for a three pointer a few minutes later to increase her team's lead back to six.
The Cougars wouldn't let the Bobcats' lead extend beyond that as Marina Kehrig began gaining confidence, making her team leading seventh field goal on the first shot of the fourth quarter, giving her team a 68-67 lead.
With 2:11 remaining in the game Cox was able to steal the ball away from Kahrig and drive the ball down court before dishing it off to Lauren Anderson for an easy lay-up to put Brandon up 83-80, forcing a Cougars' timeout.
Down by five, Becky Nash played her two best series of the game in the most important moments, making a three pointer and then making a power move toward the basket to tie the game with a minute remaining.
On the next series, however, the Cougars would foul Cox who would put her team up two. After a steal, the Cougars were forced to foul Anderson who would make her free throws, sealing the win for the Bobcats.
Mount Royal will visit the University of Northern British Columbia next weekend while the Bobcats will return home to host Grant MacEwan University.