Three strong quarters can’t save Marauders


London – Despite outscoring the Western Mustangs in three of the quarters, the McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team fell 77-70 to their hosts in Ontario University Athletics on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

In the Marauders last road game of the season, captain Taylor Chiarot had an outstanding 24 points for McMaster. Mac will conclude regular season play on Saturday (Feb. 18) when the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks visit the Burridge gym for a game at noon. Mac’s fifth place record in the West division fell to 10-11 while Western improved to 11-10. Laurier will bring a 13-8 performance to Saturday’s game.

In Wednesday’s first quarter, the Mustangs built up a substantial lead of 31-14. The Marauders would outscore the Mustangs in every other quarter of the game, but it wouldn’t be enough to overtake the lead from the opening session.

Chiarot’s 24 points were accompanied by nine rebounds from the veteran. Hailey Milligan earned the double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, point guard Vanessa Bonomo scored 13 and Liz Burns added another 12 points and six rebounds for McMaster.

Western’s Katelyn Leddy had a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. Also hitting double-digit points for the Mustangs was Laura Daily with 14, Lacey Knox with 13 and Rebecca Moss with 12 more.