The McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team won its third game in a row on Wednesday (Jan. 25), edging the Guelph Gryphons, 66-63, in a see-saw affair. Marauder Jaklynn Nimec was named the Big Mac Player of the Game in the Ontario University Athletics win.
McMaster led 15-11 after the opening quarter thanks in part to Nimec’s three-pointer which started the game’s scoring. But at one point in the opening period, Guelph held an 11-10 lead. The half ended at a 24-24 stalemate.
Three minutes into the third quarter, the West Division teams found themselves knotted at 30 points each. The Marauders then took control of the game, grabbing a 39-32 advantage. Again a three-pointer and extra foul shot from Nimec and a deep two-point shot from Vanessa Bonomo was the catalyst that would increase the Marauders lead to nine points with three minutes to go in the quarter.
Guelph rallied and went on 7-0 run to get within two, but Bonomo would break that cycle with a three of her own. The Marauders would head into the final quarter up four, 48-44.
Early in the fourth, McMaster maintained its lead until the Gryphons fought back to tie it up at 52-52.
After a timeout called by Guelph, Nimec sunk another three that would help push the lead to eight points and Guelph was unable to overcome the margins.
Nimec had a team-high 18 points for Mac and Hailey Milligan recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while point guard Bonomo contributed another 13 points and seven rebounds for McMaster. Captain Taylor Chiarot sank 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.
For the Gryphons, Kayla Goodhoodf was the Big Mac Player of the Game for her game-high 25 points. Jasmine Douglas grabbed an outstanding 18 rebounds and scored 14 points for the visitors and Samantha Russell pulled in 13 rebounds for the Gryphons, who are in eighth place with a 6-9 record.
McMaster with its eighth win of the season, against seven losses, holds onto fourth place and meets the eighth and last place the Warriors in Waterloo on Saturday afternoon.