The gym at Wilfrid Laurier University has been a tough place for the McMaster women’s basketball team to get wins in recent seasons, but the Marauders went to Waterloo on Wednesday night (Jan. 30) and brought home a 72-56 victory over the Golden Hawks.
Coming off an emotional upset win over Brock, McMaster brought some momentum with them to Laurier and went inside early and often to Hailey Milligan, who scored eight points in the first quarter, helping the Marauders to an 18-10 lead.
In the second quarter Milligan continued to dominate inside, and the Marauders were able to extend the lead to 40-25 at the half. Milligan had 17 points heading into the intermission. Mac’s leading scorer on the season, Danielle Boiago, was held scoreless for the half but Laurier could not stop the rest of the Mac attack.
Laurier came out with renewed intensity to start the third quarter, and managed to get within 10 at 42-32, but the Marauders responded with some strong play of their own and bumped the lead back up to 15 by the end of the quarter with the score 54-39.
The final stanza saw Mac’s Liz Burns score three quick baskets and the Maroon lead ballooned to 60-41. Laurier had no answer for Milligan who either scored or was fouled, making her free throws. Before fouling out, the Marauder co-captain had a career high 27 points and 14 rebounds for another double-double performance. Laurier tried to make a late run but could get no closer than 14 and Mac closed out a 16-point victory.
Having lost to Laurier by four earlier in the season, McMaster now holds the tie-breaker over the Golden Hawks in the event of a tie in the standings.
Mac, Western, and Laurier each have 8-8 records in a third place logjam.
Supporting Milligan’s career night, Liz Burns scored a tidy 15 points while Isabel Ormond added 12. Held off the score sheet in the first half, Boiago chipped in six points over the final two quarters.
The Marauders will now travel to London on Saturday (Feb. 2) for a clash with the Western Mustangs.