Mac improves to 13-8 with basketball win over Waterloo


McMaster senior Taylor Smith (Hamilton) scored 19 points and added seven assists and four steals to lead McMaster to a 68-37 victory over the University of Waterloo on Seniors Night. Smith moved into the Ontario University Athletics Top 10 in scoring surpassing Hamilton native and University of Toronto 2008-9 OUA (OUA) East Player of the Year, Alaine Hutton.

Smith will graduate as McMaster’s career leader in scoring, assists and steals.

The St. Thomas More graduate will also finish her career with four trips to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship, three OUA Division titles, two OUA championships and one CIS bronze medal.

McMaster forward Taylor Chiarot added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Marauders.

Erin Button (Stouffville) led Waterloo with 10 points and three rebounds. Stephanie Shea (Vancouver) added six points and six rebounds for the Warriors. Waterloo (4-17) will host Laurier (9-12) on Saturday at 2:00 PM

McMaster (13-8) will travel to Windsor on Saturday (Feb.20) to face the No. 2 ranked Lancers (20-1) at 3 p.m.

A McMaster win on Saturday or a Brock loss to Guelph on Saturday or two Lakehead losses to Western this weekend will guarantee McMaster a home playoff game on Wednesday (Feb. 24) at 6 p.m.

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s game, McMaster honoured graduating seniors, Sarah Townsend (manager), Lisa Marie Iavarone (Hamilton) and Taylor Smith. Smith has played basketball with Iavarone since Grade 4.