McMaster captures crucial win over Western

It was a panorama of pink as the McMaster women’s basketball team welcomed the Western Mustangs to Hamilton and captured a crucial 65-60 win in the annual Shoot for the Cure game on Saturday afternoon.

Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Communications

The first quarter saw McMaster’s standout freshman Danielle Boiago whistled for two quick fouls, sending her to the bench for most of the quarter. Western’s Jenny Vaughan knocked down three three-point shots to give the Mustangs the early lead, but the women in maroon fought back to tie the score at 15 by the end of the period.

The second period saw the Mustangs take the lead behind Vaughan and Laura Dally, but again the Marauders rallied and scored two baskets in the last minute to knot things up at 31 heading into intermission. By halftime, Western’s Vaughan had already scored 16 points.

Heading into the third quarter, the Mustangs came out flat and allowed the Marauders to grab the lead at 39-33. It was Western’s turn to rally, and it did coming back to re-take the lead at 47-46. The teams then traded baskets with Mac making the last shot of the period to carry a 51-49 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The teams remained locked in a see-saw battle until Vaughan made a huge three in the late stages to give Western a 60-57 lead. The Marauders came back with a hoop from Hailey Milligan and then got the stop they needed to have a shot at grabbing back the lead. Senior guard Liz Burns drove across the key and made a tough left hand shot to put McMaster in front 61-60. The Mustangs failed to score on their next possession and McMaster went inside to Hailey Milligan who scored to make it a three-point Marauder lead.

With Western setting up for a game-tying three-point shot, it was Mac’s Stephanie Truelove that tied up the inbound pass, giving the Maroon possession and leaving Western with nothing to do but foul. Danielle Boiago made the last two free throws to secure the victory.

The win improves McMaster’s record to 5 and 6 in the OUA West division.

The Marauders were led by Milligan who had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Boiago chipped in 11. The BIG MAC player of the game was defensive whiz Stephanie Truelove, who had seven rebounds, three steals, and made the key tie-up to preserve the win. Western’s Jenny Vaughan scored a game high 29.

The Marauders now prepare to host the CIS champion Windsor Lancers on Wednesday, January 16th at 6-pm in the Burridge Gym.