The McMaster women’s team treated the home fans to a 65-49 victory over the Cape Breton Capers in a non-conference basketball clash Friday night (Oct. 25) at the Burridge Gym.
It was the first home appearance for the Marauders in the new season and their final tune-up before Ontario University Athletics interlocking schedule gets underway in a week’s time.
The first half saw McMaster post Hailey Milligan dominate inside and, behind her 17 points, McMaster led 18-10 after one quarter and built the advantage to 32-17 by halftime.
The Marauders scored the first basket of the third quarter to double the score, but the visiting Capers slowly turned around the momentum and outscored the Maroon 20-12 in the period to get back to within seven points, trailing McMaster 44-37 after three quarters.
Cape Breton kept the pressure on to start the fourth and shaved the Marauder lead down to four at 45-41, with eight minutes left to play. The Capers had adjusted to deny Milligan any room near the basket, which helped get them back in the game.
But if McMaster couldn’t go inside to score, it would use the outside game to build up the lead again. Two three-point shots from Vanessa Bonomo and another trey from Danielle Boiago gave the Marauders some breathing space in the fourth quarter, restoring the double-digit lead and as time ran down the Capers could not respond.
Milligan finished with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Mac attack. Boiago added 17, while Jaklynn Nimec chipped in with 10. Top shooter for Cape Breton was Alison Keough with 18.
The Marauders will open OUA play at home on Friday, Nov. 1 when the Toronto Varsity Blues come to Hamilton. The doubleheader will see the women tip off at 6 p.m., followed by men’s action two hours later.