MONTREAL — Carolann Cloutier scored a career and game-high 27 points as No.4-ranked McGill defeated Concordia 65-55 to remain undefeated in RSEQ women’s basketball at Love Competition Hall, Saturday.
It extended McGill’s perfect record to 3-0 in league play but snapped a three-game losing skid to their cross-town rivals, collecting their first win since a 44-34 decision on Nov. 21, 2013.
Cloutier, a 5-foot-9 guard from Montreal, tied for the team lead with 31 minutes of court-time. She shot 11-for-15 from the field, including an impressive 5-for-6 effort from three-point range.
“It was a career game for her, no doubt,” said McGill head coach Ryan Thorne of the educational psychology major who is in her second season with the Martlets but final year of eligibility after transfering from UMass. “I definitely didn’t expect 27-point performances from her when she joined our team but I did expect something more along these lines… someone who could shoot the three and be more of an offensive threat. Over the last few weeks, she has really been coming along and being more aggressive, so were pretty happy with that.”
The Martlets led 20-15 after the opening quarter, 37-30 at halftime and 53-48 after three before the Stingers finally wilted in the final stanza.
Concordia only dressed eight players and in a move rarely, if ever, seen at the collegiate level, all five starters went the distance, playing the full 40 minutes with no substitions. Marilyse Roy-Viau led the team with 19 points, while Kaylah Barrett had 18, Tamara Pinard-Devos and Richelle Gregorie added eight points apiece. Aurelie d’Anjou-Drouin added the other bucket to round out the Stingers tally card.
“I’ve never seen that before,” said Thorne. “They don’t have a deep bench and one of their starters was (not dressed), so it was going to be a difficult situation for them. Despite that, they played a pretty good control game. They scored well and didn’t have a lot of fast-break situations against, so I don’t think that we pressured them enough to make it more difficult for them.”
By contrast, 10 members of the Martlets saw the court, including nine who reached double-digits in minutes played.
Point-guard Dianna Ros was the only other Martlet to reach double figures in scoring with 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting, including a 3-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. She added six rebounds, a half-dozen assists and one steal. Teammates Mariam Sylla, Jennifer Silver and Marika Guerin contributed six points apiece.
McGill had a 46-33 edge in rebounds, as Sylla led all players with 14 boards in addition to a pair of blocks. The Martlets shot 41 per cent from the floor (25/61) and an impressive 11-for-22 from downtown but only went 4-for-10 from the free-throw line. The Stingers replied with 34.4 per cent in field-goal shooting (21/61), made five of 20 from the arc and went 8-for-12 from the line.
Division-leading McGill will be looking to close out the semester with an unblemished record when they travel to Quebec City on Nov. 28 to take on second-place Laval (2-1). Concordia, which dropped to 1-2, will host UQAM (1-1) on Nov. 27.