McMaster women unable to overcome slow start

The McMaster women’s basketball team lost to the No. 5 Western Mustangs, 64-44, Wednesday night (Feb.9) at the Burridge Gym. Vanessa Bonomo (Dundas) had a game-high 13 points in the loss.

The first quarter was a tough one for the Marauders, scoring only one basket to the Mustangs’ nine. The end of the first read a score of 18-2 in favour of the visiting team. Missed shots and sloppy play allowed the Mustangs to take a huge lead going into the second. The Marauders finally picked it up to start the second quarter and scored 15 points but were still having trouble on defence as the Mustangs scored another 18 of their own.

In the second half, the Marauders continued to fight it out with the Mustangs. Western’s point guard Jenny Vaughan (Dundas) proved to be trouble for McMaster as her fast break points and seven assists led the Mustang’s relentlessness. The Mustangs would outscore the Marauders in the third and the teams would go into the third, 52-32 for Western.

Despite both teams scoring 14 points in the fourth, the slow start in the first quarter proved to be the Marauders undoing in the loss.

Bonomo recorded 13 points and four assists and McMaster’s Taylor Chiarot (Hamilton) grabbed eight rebounds and scored 10 points.

Western had three players score in double digits on the night including Vaughan with 13, Katelyn Leddy (London) with 12 and Beckie Williams (London) also with 12. Rebecca Moss (Waterloo) recorded a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Marauders take on the Guelph Gryphons on the road on Saturday, Feb. 12th at 1:00 p.m. and look to regain momentum in the remaining games of the regular season.