Mac basketball women up against new, improved Lakehead


The McMaster women’s basketball team will get one final run on the Burridge Gym floor as the team hosts the Lakehead Thunderwolves in a first-round Ontario University Athletics West playoff game on Wednesday (Feb. 19). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Hailey Milligan (12) is expected to play a key role in Marauders playoff run.  (Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

Hailey Milligan (12) is expected to play a key role in Marauders playoff run. (Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

The Marauders finished in fourth place in their division with a record of 13-9, one game ahead of 12-10 Lakehead. The teams split their season series three weeks ago in Thunder Bay, with Lakehead taking a 52-46 decision on Jan. 31, and McMaster coming back the following night to win 72-63..

The addition of guard Jylisa Williams, who joined the roster after the holiday break, has made Lakehead a much improved team. Williams has averaged 20-points per game and 11-rebounds per game and has helped the Thunderwolves go 8-4 since play resumed in January. The Marauders also have to cope with fifth-year veterans Kelsey Bardsley and Ayse Kalkan, who each average over 10-PPG.

McMaster will continue to look toward its inside-outside combo of Hailey Milligan and Danielle Boiago for production. Milligan averaged 18.4-PPG and her 11.7-RPG led the OUA and was tops in the nation for the second year in a row. Boiago scored 15.7-PPG and her 44 three-point goals was second in the OUA and set a McMaster team record.

Aside from those two, McMaster scoring drops off considerably and the key to a win over Lakehead will be if the Marauders can get production elsewhere in the line-up.

The winner of Wednesday’s contest will advance to play either Windsor or Western on Saturday February 22nd.

A previous version of this story indicated the winner will advance to the next contest on March 2. This was incorrect, the second round will take place on February 22.