A week after playing last season’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion Windsor Lancers tough at home, the McMaster women’s basketball team went to Windsor and were shown first-hand how far they have to go to compete with the nation’s top team.
A three-pointer from Danielle Boiago to start the game was followed by a bucket from Isabel Ormond and Mac took an early 5-0 lead, but the rest of the opening quarter belonged to Windsor.
Outscoring the Marauders 18-2 from that point, the Lancers put on a clinic that forced Mac into numerous turnovers and poor shots. By the end of the period the lead was 27-14.
McMaster looked to cut the deficit in the second, and two long threes from Boiago provided some spark. But the Lancers continued to play tough defense and never let the lead get below 10 points. McMaster continued to turn the ball over and Windsor took advantage and carried a 42-25 lead into the intermission.
Seemingly determined to end any hopes of a comeback, Windsor started the third quarter on a 10-0 run to go up 52-25 for the biggest lead of the game. To its credit McMaster outscored Windsor 15-10 over the last six minutes to get within 62-40 heading to the final quarter,
The big lead allowed Windsor to go to its bench and spread out the playing time, and while McMaster was able to win the fourth period, 16-12, the outcome was never in doubt as the final score was 74-56.
McMaster got a double-double performance from Hailey Milligan with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Boiago chipped in with 17.
The Marauders fall to 6-8 in the OUA West and now face another ranked team when Brock comes into the Burridge Gym on Saturday (Jan. 26) for a Marauder Weekend clash. Game time is noon.