After two thrilling wins against Canada West opponents, the Marauders dropped a 66-56 decision to UBC on Sunday (Dec. 30) and had to settle for second place at the Calgary Ranger Inspection Tournament.
Facing the team ranked No. 9 in the last Canadian Interuniversity Sport top ten, McMaster was hoping to complete the sweep of its western trip in preparation for the upcoming start of Ontario University Athletics West division competition.
The Marauders trailed 16-13 after one quarter but saw UBC open up a nine point lead by halftime. McMaster suffered through some cold shooting, especially from long distance which had been a key weapon in its first two wins at the Calgary event.
The third quarter saw the T-Birds build the lead up to 20, which was too deep a hole for the Marauders to escape. A fourth quarter rally shaved 10 points off the UBC advantage but Mac could get no closer.
Overall the Marauders only shot 30% from the floor and a very frosty 3 of 19 from beyond the arc. UBC out-rebounded McMaster 43-35.
The top shooter for McMaster was Danielle Boiago with 15, while UBC’s Leigh Stansfield was game high with 23.
By winning two of three, McMaster has to consider the trip to Calgary a good foundation for the start of league play. The Marauders go to Brock on Thursday, Jan. 3 before returning home to face Laurier at the Burridge Gym on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.