Marauders past glories get centre court at national basketball showcase

As part of the festivities around the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sports women’s basketball championships, McMaster Athletics will recognize two of the greatest teams in the university’s history.

It was 20 years ago when the McMaster women’s basketball team captured the bronze medal at the 1990 national championships, held at Varsity Arena in Toronto. Led by a rookie coach, Bob Delaney, the Marauders featured a pair of All-Canadian post players – Heather McKay and Gloria Tomasevic – as well as a local guard who had returned to Canada from Michigan State – Vicky Harrison – who was named a tournament all-star. All three players were later inducted into McMaster University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Of more recent vintage, is the outstanding 2008 Marauder squad which won the Ontario University Athletics championship, before also capturing the bronze medal at the CIS Championships held in Saskatoon. Under the guidance of CIS Coach of the Year, Theresa Burns, that Marauder squad included All-Canadian Lindsay DeGroot, and a pair of fifth-year stalwarts, Rachel Hart and Chiara Rocca, who had both been honoured as CIS Defensive Players of the Year: Hart in 2008 and Rocca in 2006.

As the host team at the 2010 CIS Championship, McMaster will have the opportunity for this year’s Marauder team to make some history of its own.

But being the event host also provides the opportunity to salute successes of the past and as this is the 20th anniversary of the 1990 team’s achievement, members of both the 1990 and 2008 teams will be honoured in a ceremony prior to McMaster’s quarterfinal game on March 12th.