Bench strength helps Mac women subdue Warriors

Danielle Boiago (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Danielle Boiago (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

The McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team bounced back nicely from an Ontario University Athletics loss and handed the Warriors a 77-45 defeat Wednesday night (Jan. 15) in Waterloo.

The fired up Marauders applied tremendous defensive pressure from the opening tip, forcing numerous Waterloo turnovers, and jumping to a 21-9 lead after one quarter of play. The Marauders were hitting well from outside as Jackie Nimec, Vanessa Bonomo, and Danielle Boiago all connected from beyond the three-point line.

McMaster maintained the up-tempo pace in the second quarter, but the 2-11 Warriors worked hard to get some scoring of their own. However, McMaster won the quarter and extended the lead to 53-26 at the half.

A 10-2 run by McMaster to start the third quarter opened up a comfortable margin, allowing the Marauders to go deep into their bench. By the end of the period, the Maroon advantage had grown to 62-34.

Continuing to substitute frequently in the fourth quarter, McMaster got good production from the reserves in the solid 77-45 win.

Top Maroon shooter was Boiago, who scored 18 and hit four from beyond the arc. Bonomo and Liz Burns each chipped in 10 points. As a team, McMaster made an impressive 10 of 23 from long range.

The Marauders also welcomed back Isabel Ormond to the line-up. She had been sidelined since off-season shoulder surgery and finished with five points in her return.

Next up for the 9-4 Marauders are the 11-2 Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday (Jan. 180 in Waterloo. Mac is third in the West Division while Laurier is second.