Loss to Guelph sets up crucial game for Marauders

Guelph – The McMaster Marauders ran into a different Gryphons women’s basketball team on Saturday (Feb. 11) than the one they defeated two weeks ago.

On Jan. 25, the Marauders took a 66-63 decision from the visiting Gryphons but in their Ontario University Athletics rematch on Saturday, the Gryphons got their revenge with a 76-68 decision in their favour on their court.

With two games remaining in the Marauders regular season schedule, McMaster sits in fourth place in the OUA’ West division. Guelph is sixth. McMaster plays Western, which has an identical 10-10 record as the Marauders, on Feb. 15 and wraps up regular season play against Laurier on Feb. 18. Laurier is third, four points up on Mac.

On Saturday, the Gryphons won the first quarter, 23-17, but by the half, the Marauders were within three. Guelph’s lead would grow to four by the end of the third quarter and in the fourth, the Marauders were unable to catch-up.

Fifth-year Taylor Chiarot had a team-high 16 points along with 11 rebounds for the double-double for the Marauders. Point guard Vanessa Bonomo scored 15 points and added six assists and Hailey Milligan had 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Stephanie Truelove added 11 more for the Marauders and Liz Burns connected for 10 points of her own.

For the Gryphons, Ali Dzikowski and Marlee Freeman scored a game-high 18 points each. Dizkowski would grab 11 rebounds for the only other double-double in the game. Jasmine Douglas and Alyssa Shortt added ten more points each for the home team.