Women Marauders’ collapse proves costly

McMasterIt’s not quite the holiday season but the McMaster women’s basketball team was in a giving mood, as a rash of turnovers led to a fourth quarter collapse that saw the Marauders hand a 79-72 contest to the Queen’s Gaels on Friday night (Nov. 22) in Kingston.

In a game that was pretty even through the first-half, with the teams exchanging the lead, it was the Marauders who grabbed a 39-36 halftime advantage behind a late three-pointer by Vanessa Bonomo and a buzzer-beating runner by Danielle Boiago. McMaster had success going inside to Hailey Milligan, and the Marauder post had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by intermission.

The third quarter looked like McMaster would assume control and Mac held it biggest lead of the game at 52-43 late in the period. But it was Queen’s that ended the quarter strongly, hitting two late threes to trim the Maroon advantage to 54-49 heading to the final quarter.

Now with all of the momentum the Gaels opened the quarter on a 9-4 run to tie the game at 58-58. Credit the Marauders for coming back behind Milligan to go back in front 65-60 with about four minutes left, looking like they would take back control of the game.

But at that point McMaster basically fell apart, committing turnovers on their next five straight possessions and allowing Queen’s to go on an 11-2 run to take a 71-67 lead. The Gaels were only too happy to take advantage of the Marauder generosity, as Gemma Bullard scored three baskets, while Liz Boag and Jenny Wright drained three’s during the McMaster collapse. Over the last four minutes, Queen’s outscored the Marauders by a whopping 19 to 7.

Top shooter for the Marauders was Milligan who finished with 25 and 17 boards, while Boiago scored 24. Boag with 18 led five Gaels who scored in double-figures.

The loss is the second straight for McMaster and drops its OUA record to 5-2. The Marauders will finish interlock play with the OUA East Saturday night at York.