It’s often said you can learn more from a loss and if that’s true the McMaster women’s basketball team has some major lessons to digest after absorbing an 83-44 defeat at the hands of the defending national champion Windsor Lancers.
The Lancers just had too much size for McMaster to cope with on this day, as Mac was giving up significant inches at almost every position. McMaster needed to have its best shooting eye to compensate, but unfortunately the Marauders were collectively as cold as the recent deep freeze, resulting in the lop-sided score.
Windsor shooters played with confidence, knowing they were more than likely to get second and third opportunities off missed shots. For the game, the Lancers dominated the boards by a 47-28 margin, including 22 off the offensive glass. The disparity in possessions saw Windsor attempt 100 shots for the game, while McMaster only took 69.
The Marauders shot 28% from the floor and failed to hit a three-point shot, while Windsor shot 44% from the floor and drained six shots from beyond the arc.
Leading scorers for McMaster were Vanessa Bonomo and Stephanie Truelove, who each netted 10 points. Windsor had five players hit for double figures, led by Jocelyn Larocque with 15. Truelove and Larocque were the BIG MAC Players of the Game for their respective teams.
If viewed as a measuring stick, the Marauders can look at this result and know they have some work to do to play at the level of the champion Lancers. Their next opportunity to get back in the win column will be on Wednesday, January 15th when they travel to Waterloo to play the Warriors, in the first of three consecutive road games.