The McMaster men’s and women’s basketball teams continue to play well through the non-conference schedule, and both were able to capture three wins as they travelled to Montreal and Toronto respectively.
The Marauder women headed to Ryerson to compete in the Darcel Wright Memorial Tournament to defend the title won last year. McMaster faced top Atlantic conference contender Cape Breton in its opening game, and, behind 19 points from Danielle Boiago and a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) from Clare Kenney, the Marauders rallied from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to win, 70-66.
The tournament draw saw McMaster facing Ontario conference rival Windsor in the semi-finals, and the Marauders used a balanced attack to beat the Lancers 95-78. Hilary Hanaka with 21, paced the Mac attack, which had six players hit double figures.
In the tournament final, it was another Ontario University Athletics foe as tournament host Ryerson looked to win the event on its home floor. With both teams showing the fatigue of playing three games in three days, the Marauders got 18 from Boiago and 14 from Linnaea Harper to win, 55-47, and keep the tournament title.
Boiago was named tournament MVP, while Hanaka made the All-Star team.
McMaster has one game left on its pre-season schedule, and welcomes Toronto to the Burridge Gym Thursday (Oct. 27).
The Marauder men’s team ran its current unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0 vs. U Sports teams) by taking three games in Montreal, by scores of 74-65 over Concordia, 87-68 over Laurentian, and ending the trip with a narrow 84-82 win over UBC-Okanagan. The win over UBC-O ended with McMaster running a set play with 1.6-seconds left in a tie game, and Rohan Boney slamming home the winning points off an alley-oop pass just before the final buzzer.
The Marauders men will now prepare for the OUA season opening games Nov. 11 and 12, when the Lakehead Thunderwolves come to Hamilton. The Lakehead games are doubleheaders both nights, with women’s action tipping off at 6 p.m., following by the men at 8 p.m.
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