The McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team took down the Guelph Gryphons, 70-65, in a physical match-up Saturday in the Burridge Gym. The well-deserved win was a true team effort as all five Marauder starters scored in double digits in the Ontario University Athletics match.
The majority of the first quarter was a back and forth effort, until the Marauders went on a late run. Jaklynn Nimec (Binbrook) completed the run at the buzzer, sinking a three-pointer to give the Marauders a 21-14 lead at the end of the quarter.
Guelph dominated the second quarter, scoring 19 points and taking the lead heading into the second half. McMaster regained the lead in the third quarter, setting them up with a seven-point lead (57-50) heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
The Marauders were up 66-56 at 3:30, but by 1:30, Guelph had narrowed the score, and with a three-point shot by Ali Dzikowski (Brantford), the Marauders led by only three. Mac showed grit in the final minute and managed to maintain possession and run down the clock. When the final whistle blew, it was 70-65 for McMaster.
Nimec led the Marauders with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Elizabeth Burns (Hamilton) was also strong, adding 15 points of her own. The Marauders were consistent from the free-throw line, shooting 73%, and capitalizing on two technical fouls, which proved to be Guelph’s undoing. Dzikowski was the games’ high scorer, contributing 20 points for the Gryphons.
The Marauders are on the road Feb. 2, when they take on the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (10-5) at 6 p.m.