Marauders unable to corral Mustangs

McMasterOne week after playing their best game of the season by beating Brock, the McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team played its worst game in an 87-67 defeat at Western on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 2).

The Mustangs jumped out to an 8-2 lead to start the Ontario University Athletics game, foreshadowing a tough game for the Marauders, but Mac fought back and played the rest of the quarter even to trail 21-15 at the end of the first.

With the score 26-23 for Western in the second quarter, Hailey Milligan went to the Mac bench with her second foul and the Marauders fell apart without their best scoring option on the floor. The Mustangs proceeded to an immediate 11-0 run and outscored the Marauders, 20-6, for the rest of the quarter to lead 46-29 at intermission.

The third quarter saw more Mustang domination as McMaster struggled badly shooting the ball and allowed the Mustangs to seemingly score at will. The lead hovered close to 30 for most of the third quarter before the period ended with the Marauders facing a 71-44 deficit.

McMaster stated the final quarter on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 20 but the outcome on this day was never in doubt. The closest Mac could get was 17, but even after Western cleared the bench the Marauders continued to flounder. Every Mustang in uniform scored in the game.

MIlligan was the top McMaster shooter with 20 points, while Jenny Vaughan led the Mustang scoring list with 26. Western shot an impressive 55% from the floor, while outside of Milligan, who shot 9-of-11 from the floor, the Marauders as a team shot only 30% (15 of 49) and committed 20 turnovers.

Having split the season series, Western now holds the point-differential tie-breaker on McMaster in the event of a tie in the standings.

Standing at eight wins and nine losses in the OUA West, the Marauders will look to a big home crowd to get back on track as they face Guelph Wednesday (Feb. 6) in the Rise Above Capacity game at the Burridge Gym. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the Maroon women are counting on home support to get a win.