Fast start fizzles for Mac women in basketball

It was a tale of two halves for the McMaster women’s basketball team. After building a big lead over the first two quarters, the Marauders allowed the visiting Victoria Vikes to come back over the final two periods and steal a 72-68 win in pre-season play at the Burridge Gym.

McMaster’s first shot of the game was a made three-pointer by rookie guard Danielle Boiago, and the Maroon jumped out to an 8-0 lead forcing Victoria to call a timeout. The early lead swelled to as much as 17-4, before the first quarter ended with McMaster on top 25-16.

The second quarter saw the Marauders continue to carry the play and they went into the halftime break, leading 49-33. The intermission came at a bad time for Mac as they were shooting 59% (20 of 34) from the floor and 50% (4 of 8) from beyond the arc.

The third quarter was a disaster for McMaster, as Victoria opened the period with a 19-0 run to take the lead from the Marauders, who took almost five minutes off the scoreboard to score their first points. Victoria outscored Mac 28-4 in the third to take a 61-53 lead heading to the fourth.

McMaster continued to struggle shooting the ball in the fourth, but chipped away at the margin and got to within two points – 69-67 – but no closer. Down by three with under a minute to go, Boiago could not hit a game-tying three-point shot and the Marauders were forced to foul. Debbie Yeboah added a free throw to provide the final margin of victory for Victoria.

McMaster was led by Boiago and Hailey Milligan, who each scored 15 points, while Isabel Ormond added 14. Milligan also grabbed 15 rebounds. The Vikes’ Yeboah was game high with 22, while Jessica Renfrew added 18.

McMaster’s shooting cooled off considerably in the second half as the team hit only hit 25% (8 of 31) of its field goal attempts, and missed all five shots from three-point range. Victoria dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Marauders 44-27 for the game.

McMaster will try to get back on the winning track on Saturday (Oct. 27) when women’s basketball welcomes Acadia to the Burridge Gym for a non-conference clash. The afternoon contest will tip off at 2 p.m.