Marauder women even basketball mark

In McMaster’s first home game of the second half of the regular season, the Marauders took down the visiting Waterloo Warriors, 79-51, in women’s basketball. The Ontario University Athletics game’s high scorer was Marauder rookie Abby Hurd with 18 points. She was also named the Big Mac Player of the Game.

Halfway through the first quarter, the Marauders took an early 9-5 lead and never looked back, capitalizing on Waterloo’s sloppy play at either end of the court. Big defensive plays in McMaster’s end kept Waterloo’s scoring to a minimum as the Marauders went up 15-7 before the Warriors would score another basket. The score would end at the half 20-11 in favour of the home side.

In the second quarter, the Marauders took their first double-digit lead of the game at 7:30. Taylor Chiarot had a game-high six at that time including a three pointer earlier in the quarter. Later in the second, rookie Hurd would drain a three of her own to help the Marauders go up by 13 with a score of 27-14. Waterloo quickly responded with a three at the shot clock buzzer.

The closest the Warriors would get would be within 11 as McMaster added to its lead. Chiarot would hit 10 points with two foul shots with a minute and a half to go and Hurd would sink another three just before the halftime buzzer to make the score 39-26.

In the third, the Marauders couldn’t be stopped as a number of McMaster players got on the board with shots, lay-ups and free throws. Hailey Milligan would force the and-one at 4:00 to push the lead to 22 points, 56-34. The third quarter would end 58-38 for the Marauders. Three players for the home team had already hit double-digits including Chiarot, Milligan and Liz Burns.

McMaster restores its .500 record from before the break at 5-5 on the season. Mac sits in fourth place in the OUA’s West Division. Waterloo is last with a 1-9 record.

Hurd led the Marauders with 18 points. Milligan recorded the double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Chiarot ended the game with 13 points for the Marauders and teammate Burns added another 12.

For Waterloo, Madison Behr had a team-high 13 points and Laura Burnett had another 10 for the visitors.

Next up for the Marauders is the Brock Badgers on Wednesday, Jan. 11 on the road at 6 p.m.