In a game where they led from start to finish and every Marauder scored, McMaster won, 68-47, over the visiting Queen’s Gaels on Friday (Nov. 19 at the Burridge Gym.
Vanessa Bonomo (Dundas) and Liz Burns (Hamilton) gave Mac a 4-0 lead in the Ontario University athletics game before Meaghan MacDougall (Martintown) scored for Queen’s. McMaster held a modest lead until 6:38 when Queen’s pulled to within two, 8-6. At 6:22 a three-pointer from Jaklynn Nimec (Binbrook) started the Marauders on a12-0 run that saw them up 20-6.
The Gaels rebounded, including a Liz Boag (Kingston) three right at the buzzer to make the score McMaster 23, Queen’s 11 to end the first quarter. Mac shot a good 48% compared to 25% for Queen’s and had an edge on rebounds.
Brittany Moore (Hannon) opened the scoring for the Gaels in the second quarter. Caitlin Croley (London) got Mac’s first point from the line. Queen’s got another two baskets to pull within seven, before Taylor Chiarot (Hamilton) scored the Marauders’ first field goal of the quarter. While the teams traded baskets for the rest of the quarter, the Marauders gradually widened the gap to double digits. The half ended with McMaster ahead, 42-28.
Both teams shot well in this quarter, Mac at 47% and Queen’s at 46%. For McMaster, Chiarot led all scorers with 10 points, while Nimec and Alyska Lukan (Barrie) had nine points each. For Queen’s, Boag and Paige Robinson (Calgary) had five points each.
The third quarter continued the play of the second with Stephanie Truelove (Barrie) and Robinson trading the first baskets for Mac and Queen’s respectively. Scoring occurred in spurts as the teams pretty well kept pace with each other throughout the quarter. It ended with McMaster ahead, 56-42. The shooting of both teams tailed off a bit and rebounds were about even.
In the fourth quarter, Truelove again started the McMaster scoring. Mac would score in small runs of two or three baskets around Queen’s scores, gradually widening the gap past 20 points by the end of the game.
Mac shot a decent 38% compared to 13% for Queen’s. Top scorers in the second half for McMaster were Truelove with eight points and Lukan with six. For Queen’s, Robinson had eight points.
This was another solid team effort for the Marauders with everyone scoring. Lukan (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Chiarot (10 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles. Nimec had 11 points. Bonomo (nine points) and Burns played steady defence with Burns almost completely shutting down Moore. First-year Truelove finished with eight points, eight assists and six steals. For Queen’s, Robinson had 13 points.
The win moves the Marauders to 2-3 in conference play.