Mac Marauders have chance for CIS bronze medal


McMaster Marauders were knocked out of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports women’s basketball gold medal hunt on Sunday (March 8) when they lost to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, 71-67. McMaster will now face Laval in the bronze medal game.

The Thunderbirds and the University of Regina Cougars will meet in the 2008 championship final Sunday. Regina defeated the Laval Rouge et Or 73-63 in overtime in the other semi. The two teams met just last weekend in the Canada West final. UBC came out the victor 70-59.

With two teams in the final, the Canada West has earned an extra berth into the 2009 Championship, giving the association four. Canada West automatically gets two team representatives at the championship and will have another with Regina as host next season.

The highlight of the game was UBC fifth-year Erica McGuinness who score a tournament high 28 points, going 100 per cent on three-point shots. She scored 10 points in the first quarter to give her team a 30-19 lead.

The Thunderbirds kept the lead outscoring the Marauders until the fourth quarter. McMaster made the game interesting at the end of the fourth quarter hitting three three-pointers in a row to slim down the 10-point lead UBC had. With 4.4 seconds left on the clock, McMaster was down 70-67. A hit foul shot by Alex Vieweg sealed the victory for the T-Birds.

It was the first time McMaster had been on the medal side of the draw since 1989-90 when they won the bronze medal game 76-72 over Regina.

Saskatchewan will face Simon Fraser in the fifth-place game at 1 p.m.

STAT LEADERS

McMaster
Points: Taylor Smith (14), Rachel Hart (13), Julia Critchley (11), Chiara Rocca (10)
Rebounds: Cari TeBoekhorst (7), Rocca (6)
Assists: TeBoekhorst (3)
Player of the game: Rocca

UBC
Points: Erica McGuinness (28), Julie Little (14), Cait Haggarty (10)
Rebounds: Julie Little (6), Alex Viewed (6)
Assists: McGuinness (5)
Player of the game: McGuinness