Milligan leads Marauders to comfortable win over Guelph

The McMaster women’s basketball team provided a tough welcome to former Marauder Christin Dickenson as the Marauders hammered her Guelph Gryphons 84-52 on Wednesday night in Hamilton.

Rachael Holmes drives to the basket. (Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

Rachael Holmes drives to the basket. (Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

In her first year as Guelph coach Dickenson came back to McMaster where she has been a player and coach, and saw the Marauders get up early on her young Gryphons in the Ontario University Athletics West division game.

With Guelph up 6 to 4 off the tip, McMaster went on an 11-0 run to grab a 15-6 lead and pushed the advantage to 31-14 by the end of the quarter. McMaster post Hailey Milligan was virtually unstoppable inside, while Danielle Boiago took care of the long range shooting with two treys to help build the early lead.

The pace slowed some in the second quarter as McMaster was able to go deep into its bench, but the Marauders still added to the lead and were in front comfortably, 45-22, at intermission.

Any thoughts of a comeback were dashed early in the third quarter as McMaster pushed the tempo and continued to get scoring from the whole roster. The Marauders kept fresh legs on the floor and by the end of the third period, the lead had grown to 69-34.

Heading into the final stanza with a big lead, the Marauders continued to work hard and a three-point shot by Lexi Spadafora gave them their biggest lead of the night at 78-38. With both teams clearing their benches as the game wound down, the Gryphons closed the gap slightly and the final tally saw McMaster close out a 32-point victory.

Leading the Maroon scoring parade was Hailey Milligan with 24 points, followed by Danielle Boiago with 14. The BIG MAC player of the game for the Marauders was back-up post Clare Kenney, who scored a career-high 12 points to go along with 4 boards and 3 steals in just 16 minutes of action. Kate MacTavish scored 12 to lead the Gryphons and was named Guelph’s player of the game.

All 11 players dressed for McMaster hit the scoresheet.

The Marauders head to London on Saturday (Nov. 30) for their final OUA game before the exam break and holiday hiatus, taking on the tough Western Mustangs at 1 p.m.