MONTREAL — Jennifer Silver scored a game-high 14 points to lead the No.4-ranked McGill women’s basketball team in a 67-39 season-opening win over visiting Bishop’s at Love Competition Hall, Saturday.
McGill trailed 13-7 after the opening quarter, then overwhelmed the Gaiters 17-2 in the second stanza to take a 24-15 halftime lead. They increased that to 44-28 after three quearters.
“It was the home opener so the girls were a bit excited to finally get out there and play,” said McGill head coach Ryan Thorne. “Our shot selection was fine, we just weren’t knocking them down. We settled down in the second half and converted our chances.”
Silver, a 5-foot-11 sophomore forward from Montreal, went 6-for-10 from the field and 2-for-4 from the foul-line. She also added four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Martlets two other “bigs” were just as imposing. Mariam Sylla, the reigning conference player of the year who stands 6-foot-1, was one rebound shy of a “double-double”, with 11 points and nine boards. Alex Kiss-Rusk, a 6-foot-4 Virginia Tech transfer, chipped in nine points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Teammate Dianna Ros, a senior point-guard, contributed 11 points with a 4-of-8 shooting performance from the field and a 3-for-4 effort from the charity stripe.
McGill dominated all facets of the game, with a 40-29 edge in rebounding, a 14-12 advantage in steals and a whopping 38-24 difference in turnovers. The Martlets, in fact, collected 34 of their points directly from BU miscues.
The home side shot 34.3 per cent from the field and went 5-for-15 from three-point range but only converted 58.3 per cent from the line (14 of 24). Bishop’s replied on identical 33.3 success rates from the floor (15/45) and from downtown (2/6). They dropped seven of nine free-throws.
Valerie Tremblay and Noemie Hamel-Petit led the Gaiters in scoring with nine points.
Bishop’s (0-1) will return to Montreal next week to take on Concordia, Nov. 13. The Martlets (1-0) will also hit the road the same day (Thursday) but only for a short jaunt to visit UQAM (1-0) at 6 p.m.