The McMaster women’s basketball team suffered its first loss in Ontario University Athletics interlock play, dropping a 60-59 decision to the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday night (Nov. 16) in the Burridge Gym. The loss left Mac with a 4-1 record.
This game was just as close as the final score throughout its entirety with the teams tied at 20-20 after one quarter, Ottawa holding a 32-28 lead at the half and McMaster fighting back to tie the game at 47-47 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was back and forth with the teams exchanging the lead, but it was the Marauders that struggled to execute with several turnovers down the stretch. With both teams in the penalty, it was McMaster that committed the crucial foul with 4.5 seconds left and Ottawa’s Catherine Traer broke a 59-59 tie by making one of two free throws. McMaster got possession of the second missed free throw but could not advance the ball quickly enough to get a good look and a desperation shot at the buzzer fell short.
The Marauders were led by Hailey Milligan who scored 20 points, and Vanessa Bonomo hit for 14 and was named the BIG Mac player of the game for the Maroon. Ottawa’s Stephanie MacDonald had a game high 27 points to garner player of the game honours for the Gee-Gees.
The Marauders will look back at going 11-of-19 for free throws in the game and committing 16 turnovers as key factors in the narrow loss.
McMaster now heads on the road to face Queen’s and York next weekend in the wrap up of interlock play with teams from the OUA East Division.