A day after losing a tough decision to the top-ranked university women’s basketball team in Canada, the McMaster Marauders rebounded to defeat Acadia, 80-66, to claim third-place at the Thunder Selects Holiday tournament in Halifax.
The Marauders jumped on Acadia early and behind the inside-outside combo of Hailey Milligan and Danielle Boiago took a 21-11 lead after one quarter of Monday’s (Dec. 30) contest. McMaster increased the margin in the second quarter, getting contributions off the bench from Liz Burns and Marie Korte, and at halftime the Maroon advantage had swelled to 43-22.
The third quarter saw a determined Acadia squad attack the Mac lead and with the deficit down to 11 at 54-43, the Axewomen appeared to have the momentum. That’s when Boiago lined up a long trey, which she drained while being fouled. Adding the free-throw, Boiago’s four-point play deflated Acadia and allowed McMaster to carry a 62-45 cushion into the final period.
The fourth quarter was Jaklynn Nimec’s turn to shine as the Mac senior hit four straight shots and the Marauder lead grew to its largest point at 78-54. Acadia finished the game on a 12-2 run to carve into the big lead but the outcome was never in doubt. McMaster finished the tournament with two wins and one loss.
Nimec scored a career high 23 points to pace the Mac attack, Milligan added 22 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Vanessa Bonomo with 11 and Boiago with 10 also hit double digits.
Milligan was named a tournament all-star for her outstanding play over the three days.
McMaster will now prepare to resume Ontario University Athletics west division play in the New Year, and will travel to Brock on Wednesday, Jan. 8 to face the always tough Badgers. Mac has ca 7-3 record while Brock is 6-4 in OUA.