It was a solid bounce-back effort from the McMaster women’s basketball team, as they welcomed the Guelph Gryphons to the Burridge Gym on Wednesday (Feb. 6) and sent them back to Guelph on the losing end of a 68-59 decision.
The opening quarter of the Ontario University Athletics tilt was a see-saw session with Mac breaking out to a 7-2 lead before Guelph came back to grab the advantage at 10-9. The teams traded the lead with a late three from Danielle Boiago giving the Marauders a 22-19 edge after one quarter.
McMaster opened the second quarter on a 13-0 run to grab a 16-point cushion and by the end of the second stanza, the Marauder lead stood at 44-27. Mac’s Hailey Milligan had 17 points heading into the intermission.
In the third quarter, another Boiago three-pointer extended the lead to 20 points, but the girls from Guelph kept playing hard and won the quarter to chisel the lead down to 56-42 with one quarter left to play.
McMaster was able to get the lead back up to 18, but some good shooting from Guelph and a cold spell by the Marauders allowed the Gryphons to narrow the lead. Fortunately for the Maroon there wasn’t enough time for the Gryphons to complete the comeback attempt and the closest Guelph could get was the final nine-point margin.
BIG MAC player of the game Hailey Milligan was again dominant in the post and added another double-double to her current streak with 23 points and 21 rebounds. Boiago snapped out of a mini-slump in her last two games and scored 15 for McMaster.
Guelph was led by Kayla Goodhoofd with 16.
Mac now evens its record at 9-9 in the OUA West and will look forward to a game at home against Waterloo on Saturday (Feb.9) at 1 p.m.