Spartans break defensive records.

Spartans break defensive records.

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Women’s basketball’s big night highlights struggling season.

Where to even begin with this one? The Spartans, after plodding along for most of the season and allowing losses to pile up, had a breakthrough performance on Saturday night. The Spartans, coming in with a futile 1-8 Canada West record reaped the rewards or the most inept offensive performance I have ever seen at any level of basketball. The Spartans got their second win of the season, defeating Brandon 74-23.

No, that isn’t a typo; Brandon scored 23 points in an entire game. The Spartans really didn’t have to do much to earn their second victory the season. Sure they hit a few shots every now and then; the team had its most productive night of the year shooting the ball, hitting 51.6% from the field and a whopping 55.6% from three-point range. The Spartans had three players score in double figures, led by Emily Knauff who tallied 14 points and nine boards. This game however, was defined by the inepti­tude of the Spartans opponent and the box score comedy that ensued.

It bears mentioning that Brandon is a terrible team. The Bobcats are the only winless basketball team in Canada West (every men’s team has at least one win) and have now been held under 40 points in six out of its 10 games this year. However, 23  of points is a brand new low, the only time they have been under 30. It is also a brand new low for the Spar­tans as 23 points is the new record for the fewest points ever allowed in a game, breaking the old record of 32 set against Victoria in 2002.

Brandon made nine shots the entire night out of 54 attempts. That calculates to a new record low for a Spartan opponent- 16.7%... woof. A good way to measure a team’s offen­sive efficiency is to look at the ratio of assists to turnovers. Brandon’s coaches will likely want to burn the portion of the box score that displays that stat as the Bobcats committed nearly six times as many turnovers compared to assists. dur­ points is a brand new low, the only time they have been under 30. It is also a brand new low for the Spar­tans as 23 points is the new record for the fewest points ever allowed in a game, breaking the old record of 32 set against Victoria in 2002. Brandon made nine shots the entire night out of 54 attempts. That calculates to a new record low for a Spartan opponent- 16.7%... woof. A good way to measure a team’s offen­sive efficiency is to look at the ratio of assists to turnovers. Brandon’s coaches will likely want to burn the portion of the box score that displays that stat as the Bobcats committed nearly six times as many turnovers compared to assists.

Remember my article on the NCAA basketball marathon and the comedic ineptitude on display in the Stony Brook-Rider game? Brandon’s performance was basically that on steroids. Brandon also became the first team I can ever remember to fail to reach double digits in any of the four quarters of the game.

So what does this all mean? Not much actually. I’d love to write this and say this will be the point when the Spartans turn the corner and have a good season after all. I remain skeptical. The Spartans have now won two out of the last three con­tests which is notable, it’s certainly better than being winless with seven notches in the loss column. How­ever, the Spartans got these two wins playing what may be the only two teams worse than they are. Don’t call me a hater, the records back me up.

After finishing 14-14 overall and nearly qualifying for the playoffs last year it has been disappoint­ing to see this team fail to build on that momentum. The Spartans can breathe a little easier now with a pair of wins under their belt, but the real­ity remains that they are in danger of regressing back into the type of outfit that went 3-25 in 2010-2011. In spite of their historically lopsided win, there is a lot of work to be done, the season isn’t lost yet but even with the team seemingly back on track, the danger of a lost season looms.

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Spartans cool down the Heat

Spartans cool down the Heat

Spartans collect win and loss on weekend.

Spartans collect win and loss on weekend.