MONTREAL — Sophomore Carolann Cloutier of Montreal, scored a game-high 16 points and Mariam Sylla added yet another “double-double”, as the McGill women’s basketball team routed Regina 73-41 at the Redbird Classic tournament in Love Competition Hall, Saturday.
Cloutier was lights out from the field, going 6-for-7, including a perfect 4-for-4 performance from downtown. “She shot the ball well and looked to attack,” said Martlet head coach Ryan Thorne. “That’s the type of player I remember from coaching her with Team Quebec and the type of player we hope she will grow into here.”
Sylla, a junior forward from Guinea who has developed a reputation as a “double-double” machine, scoring 11 points and collected 10 rebounds. She struggled from the field going 1-for-10 but made up for it with a stellar 9-for-10 effort from the foul line.
Teammate Stephanie Blais, a fourth-year NCAA transfer from Wagner College, also had a hot hand from long range. She was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, draining three in a row early in the second quarter. Blias also added two buckets from the foul line.
The Martlets got off to a fast start and found themselves leading 13-6 after the opening quarter. A strong shooting performance in the second frame padded the lead giving McGill a 35-18 margin at halftime. They never looked back from there, dominating the third stanza and taking a 55-26 lead into the final quarter where they ultimately cruised to victory.
McGill was extremely impressive on the defensive end holding Regina to 25 per cent shooting from the floor and 2-for-14 from 3-point range. The Martlets also managed to force 29 turnovers 13 of which were steals. “Our emphasis was on defending the post,” said McGill head coach Ryan Thorne. “We did a good job with the high-low game and our ‘bigs’ made sure the passes weren’t easy.”
Top scorer for the Cougars was Alyssia Kajati with 14 points. She also added nine rebounds.
The Martlets, who improved to 2-0 over the weekend, can win their own tourney with a victory against Toronto on Sunday at 2 p.m.
REDBIRD CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE & RESULTS
FRIDAY OCTOBER 17, 2014
2 p.m. (W) Regina 67, Toronto 62
4 p.m. (M) Ottawa 109, Brock 70
6 p.m. (W) McGill Martlets 68, Lakehead 51
8 p.m. (M) StFX 77, McGill Redmen 73 (OT)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 18, 2014
1 p.m. (W) Lakehead 80, Toronto 62
3 p.m. (M) Ottawa 106, StFX 88
5 p.m. (W) McGill Martlets 73, Regina 41
7 p.m. (M) McGill Redmen 76, Brock 68
SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, 2014
10 a.m. (W) Lakehead vs Regina
12 p.m. (M) StFX vs Brock
2 p.m. (W) Toronto vs McGill Martlets
4 p.m. (M) Ottawa vs McGill Redmen
Men’s games in bold