Lancers pin Marauders to the wall

The McMaster Marauders could not find a way to penetrate the No. 2 Windsor Lancers defence, losing to the defending national champions for the second time this season. The final score would read 72-37 in favour of the Ontario University Athletics visitors to the Burridge Gym.

Taylor Chiarot (Hamilton) would open the scoring with a deep two point shot. Tied early on in the first quarter, the Lancers would take their first lead of the game with a lay-up from 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sports Player of the Year, Jessica Clemencon (St. Rambert, France) to make it 6-4. By the half way mark through the first, the Marauders would take a four-point lead with shots from Chiarot and Stephanie Truelove (Barrie) just instead the arc.

After going a whole three minutes with no scoring from either team with stellar defence from both squads, Windsor’s Korissa Williams (Windsor) would break the scoreless bout with a three-pointer at the top of the key. A jump shot and a lay-up from Clemencon would follow shortly after for the Lancers to take the lead 13-10. The score at the end of the first quarter would read 18-10 as Windsor shut out the Marauders for the final five minutes of the first.

Once again, Chiarot would open up the scoring with a three-pointer to get the Marauders back on the board. The defending national champions would then go on a scoring torrent, going ahead by nine at 24-15. Hailey Milligan (Brantford) would later grab an offence rebound and turn that into a lay-up for the Marauders to get within seven.

After another two minute of no scoring at either end of the court, Clemencon would force the foul and make the shot for the Lancers to take their first double-digit lead of the game at 27-17. She would make the extra shot. Marauder Liz Burns (Hamilton) would follow that up with a basket of her own on the next possession.

By the end of the quarter, the Lancer would maintain and extend their double-digit lead with a score of 34-21. At the half, Clemencon would have a game-high 13 points and Chiarot would have a team-high 11 for the Marauders.

The Marauders would come out in the third quarter ready to go as Burns and Milligan both scored early baskets. By the four minute mark though, the Marauders were in deep as the Lancers continued to push. Points from Clemencon and Williams put the Marauders behind by 20 points as McMaster couldn’t find a way to stop one of the best players in Canada. By the end of the quarter, the Marauders would be down 26 to the No. 2 nationally-ranked Windsor Lancers.

in the fourth, despite baskets from Milligan and Caitlin Croley (London), the Marauders couldn’t put together anything significant to come back against the No. 2 Lancers. Managing to hold McMaster to just 37 points, the Lancers scored 72 of their own to win it.

Milligan would earn the Big Mac Player of the Game honours for her 12 points and 16 rebounds. Chiarot also put up double-digit numbers for McMaster with 13 points and eight rebounds.

For the Lancers, the Big Mac Player of the Game was Williams with 14 points and six rebounds. Clemencon scored a game-high 25 points for the Lancers and Miah-Marie Langlois (Windsor, Ont.) scored another 12 for the visitors.

The Marauders travel to Thunder Bay to take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 20-21)