In a game of scoring runs, the Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team outlasted the McMaster Marauders, 64-58, Monday (Feb. 14) in Waterloo in Ontario University Athletics league play.
Megan Grant scored first for the Golden Hawks at 9:38. Vanessa Bonomo answered with a three pointer for the Marauders to begin a 9-0 run. The Marauders had a double digit lead, 16-5, by 3:28. After the teams traded baskets, Laurier went on a 5-0 run to make the score 18-10 with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter.
The teams traded baskets in the remaining time to make the score 20-12 in McMaster’s favour at the end of the first quarter. Mac shot a wonderful 60% compared to 42% to the Golden Hawks but were on the wrong side of the rebound numbers.
By Malklorkk hit a three to start the Golden Hawk scoring in the second quarter. Doreen Bonsu pulled them to within three (20-17) before Taylor Chiarot got the first McMaster free throws at 7:56. The Marauders continued to shoot well, 58% in this quarter, and gradually built up another double digit lead, 35-25, with 1:19 left.
The Golden Hawks, who shot 50% in this quarter, outscored Mac 4-2 in the remaining time. The score at half time was McMaster 37, Laurier 29.
While the Marauders got the first points of the third quarter from Jaklynn Nimec’s basket, after that it was all the Golden Hawks. Christa Mancino started them on a 14-0 run. This took them past the Marauders to lead 43-39 by 3:18. Both teams scored four points in the remaining time to make the score Laurier 47, McMaster 43 at the third quarter buzzer. The Golden Hawks shot 42% compared to 20% for MAC and had a big edge on rebounds.
Stephanie Truelove got the first points for McMaster, a pair of free throws, in the fourth quarter. However, Renata Adamczyk started another big Laurier run of 12 unanswered points, giving them a double digit lead, 59-45, by 6:11. The Marauders finally found their scoring range when Taylor Chiarot hit a three at 5:11. McMaster did outscore the Golden Hawks 13-5 in the remaining time but could not close the gap. The game ended with Laurier ahead 64-58.
Chiarot was top scorer in the game and for the Marauders with 17 points. Vanessa Bonomo and Liz Burns had 10 points each.
For the Golden Hawks, Megan Grant and Christa Mancino had 16 points each, with Grant adding 10 rebounds for a double double.
This loss moves the Marauders to 5-15 in conference play. McMaster travels to Windsor on Wednesday, Feb. 16 to play the University of Windsor Lancers at 6 p.m. They return home for their final conference game on Saturday, (Feb. 19 ) to host the University of Waterloo Warriors.