Late gust lifts Golden Hawks over Marauders

McMaster women’s basketball team fell to the Laurier Golden Hawks, 81-71, on Saturday in Waterloo.

Laurier opened up the Ontario University Athletics game on a 5-0 run, and led by as many as 10 points in the frame. The Hawks used the momentum to pull ahead of the Marauders, 22-16, by the end of the quarter.

The Marauders tied the game at 29 with five minutes remaining in the half, and McMaster got the best of Laurier as the two teams traded buckets as time wound down. McMaster held a 39-36 lead going into the locker-room at half.

It was more of the same in the third quarter as Laurier leveled the score or took the lead six times only to end the quarter down by a single point, 55-54. The fourth quarter finally saw the purple and gold break through just three minutes into the quarter, scoring 10 straight points to put themselves in the lead by nine. Laurier was solid from the free-throw line down the stretch, securing their 81-71 victory.

Taylor Chiarot led the Marauders with a game high 19 points. Hailey Milligan had a double double performance with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Stephanie Truelove also added 14 points in the loss.

Kimberley Yeldon led the Golden Hawks with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

With the loss McMaster dropped to 9-9 on the season. The Golden Hawks improved to 12-6.

McMaster will look to regroup when they host the Western Mustangs, Wednesday, Feb.8 at 6 p.m. at the Burridge Gym.