Women Marauders survive uphill climb

McMasterThe McMaster women’s basketball team got some late game heroics from Danielle Boiago to defeat the York Lions 55-53 Saturday evening at York in an Ontario University Athletics game.

The Marauders may have been suffering a hangover from the previous night’s loss at Queen’s or were looking past York’s 1-6 record, but whatever the reason McMaster came out flat against a York team eager to pull an upset. The Lion’s jumped out to an 8-0 lead off the tip and held a 15-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started out even worse for McMaster. It wasn’t until 4:48 was left to play before a Clare Kenney free-throw got the Marauders their first point of the period, with York having grown the lead to 24-12. The Marauders started to pick up the pace from that point and finished the quarter on a 12-2 run to get within a basket at 26-24 by halftime.

Charging out for the third quarter was York with seven unanswered points to go ahead 33-24. In a game where points were hard to come by, McMaster started to trim the deficit and made it a one-possession game, trailing 40-37 with one quarter of play remaining.

The fourth quarter opened with a three-point shot from Marauder Vanessa Bonomo to bring McMaster even for the first time since tip-off. The teams proceeded to go back and forth through the final period, until a big three-pointer from the Lions put York up 53-50 with about a minute left.

Now trailing, McMaster went inside to Hailey Milligan, who scored to make it a one-point game. York failed to score on its next possession and McMaster took a timeout with 47 seconds left and behind 53-52.

With everyone in the gym expecting McMaster to go inside to Milligan, the Marauders ran a high screen and roll that left Boiago open from 12 feet and she nailed her jumper to give McMaster its first lead of the game with 37 seconds left. York failed to score against the Maroon defense and Boiago added a free throw for the final two-point margin of victory.

Top scorer for the Marauders was Milligan with 22, followed by Boiago with 12. York was led by Llyandra Kerr, who scored 16.

McMaster ends the interlock part of the schedule with a 6-2 record, and comes home to face Guelph on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with tip-off at 6 p.m.