Despite having to play without its captain and starting point guard, the McMaster women’s basketball team went on the road and picked up a big 70-54 win over the Waterloo Warriors.
With Vanessa Bonomo out after being injured in the team’s previous game, the Marauders needed everyone to step up in her absence. Unfortunately for the Warriors, their lineup was injury-riddled and Waterloo was only able to dress nine players for the Saturday afternoon (Jan. 19) contest.
Looking for their first Ontario University Athletics win this season, the Warriors started strong, grabbing an early lead. A late McMaster run allowed the Marauders to catch up and after one quarter it was a one-point Mac advantage at 18-17.
The second period went much better for the Maroon and a combination of second-chance points and full-court pressure allowed the lead to grow to 38-29 at the half.
Already short-handed, fouls started to become an issue for Waterloo and McMaster extended its margin to as much as 15 in the third period before ending the quarter with a lead of 51-38.
Credit the Warriors for not quitting, and a Waterloo burst of three straight scores midway through the fourth quarter got the Mac lead down to nine at 55-46. After a timeout, the Marauders got consecutive hoops from Liz Burns to bump up the lead and the Warriors could get no closer.
Hailey Milligan scored 18 and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead McMaster, with Danielle Boiago and Burns chipping in 15 and 12 points respectively.
The 6-7 Marauders will travel to Windsor on Wednesday (Jan. 23) to take on the undefeated Lancers.