Mustangs feel the heat from Burns

The McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team hosted the Western Mustangs on Wednesday night at Burridge Gymnasium. Marauder Big Mac Player of the Game was Liz Burns who tallied 17 points on the night in McMaster’s 77-63 win. The Mac men’s team won by the identical score.

McMaster went up 11-3 early in the first quarter, with Burns leading the way. After that, the Marauders went through a scoring lull, allowing the Mustangs to catch up, and it would take forward Hailey Milligan to get them back on the board with 2:30 to go and the score 13-10.

The first quarter would end 19-14 in favour of the Marauders in large part thanks to Milligan, who scored McMaster’s last six points, going into the second.

Western would find a way to tie it up at 21 around the eight minute mark in the second and at seven minutes, the Mustangs would take their first lead of the game at 23-21. Taylor Chiarot would go on a scoring torrent after that though, not allowing the Mustangs lead to last for long. The veteran captain scored eight in a row for the Marauders allowing them to take the lead back at 29-23.

McMaster’s 10-0 run would end with a three-pointer from Western and the Marauders would head into the half up by six at 37-33.

The third quarter would start with five points between Chiarot and Stephanie Truelove that would force Western to call a timeout. The Marauders continued to blank the Mustangs on offence and would eventually take a double-digit lead of 10 points with five minutes left in the quarter with a jumper from Chiarot. The third would end with the home team up by 11 at 54-43 thanks to some great defence.

In the fourth, with five minutes to go in the game, the Marauders went up by thirteen with a number of players contributing including Chiarot, Milligan, Truelove and Vanessa Bonomo. The final score would read 77-63 for McMaster in their tenth win of the season.

Chiarot would record a team-high 22 points in the win. Milligan would be the only player to record a double-double on the night with 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Big Mac Player of the Game for the Marauders, Burns would add another 17 for McMaster.

Western’s Big Mac Player of the Game was Jenny Vaughen for her game-high 23 points. Annabel Hancock added 12 more for the Mustangs and Lacey Knox had nine rebounds and seven points.

The Marauders take on the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday at 1 p.m. with three regular season games left to go.