Ros and Sylla a good one-two punch as McGill women lick Laval

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QUEBEC CITY– Dianna Ros scored a game-high 15 points and Mariam Sylla added 11 as the No.3-ranked McGill women’s basketball team waltzed to a 60-46 road victory over No.9-ranked Laval at the PEPS centre, Friday.

Dating back to last year, McGill has now won 13 of their last 14 contests against RSEQ opponents. The result marked the Martlets 14th straight conquest over their provincial rivals, since a 74-68 setback in Montreal on Nov. 12, 2011. It was also the team’s seventh straight decision over a CIS opponent this season.

Ros, a 5-foot-7 senior guard from Montreal, Que., shot an impressive 6-for-12 from the field including a 2-for-4 performance from downtown.  She also went 1-for-1 from the foul-line and added three assists, three steals and one rebound.

Sylla, a third-year forward from Guinea, struggled from the floor making only two of seven attempts but made up for it with a strong 7-for-8 effort from the free throw line. She also pulled down eight rebounds to go along with two assists, two steals and one block.

Laval led for the first four minutes early on but never saw the lead again after a Gabriela Hebert bucket at the 6:12 mark gave McGill there first lead,12-11. The Martlets increased that lead to  19-14 after the opening quarter. They extended that to 32-25 at the half but only had a 42-39 advantage after three stanzas before McGill extinguished the Laval comeback with a 18-7 fourth quarter.

Gabrielle Girard and Justine Guay-Bilod were the only Rouge et Or players to reach double figures scoring 15 and 12 respectively.

The Martlets had a 35-28 advantage in rebounds, a 13-11 edge in steals, and a 4-1 difference in blocks. 

It was ugly game in terms of turnovers as the Martlets coughed it up a season high 32 times. Laval didn’t do much better protecting the ball making 30 mistakes of their own. 

McGill shot 38.5 per cent from the field (20/52), went 2-for-10 from the arc and sank an impressive 18 of 20 from the line (90%). Laval shot a paltry 17 per cent from the floor (9/53), went 4-for-19 from beyond the arc and made 24 of 30 attempts from the line.

Rounding out the scoring for McGill was Alex Kiss-Rusk (10 pts), Gabriela Hebert (7), Jennifer Silver (6), Carolann Cloutier (4), Stephanie Blais (3), Marika Guerin (2) and Marie-Love Michel (2).

The Martlets (4-0) sit alone on top of the RSEQ standings and are off for the December exam break until the Lancer Holiday Classic, Dec. 28-30 where they play Calgary, Western and Windsor, respectively. Laval (2-2) will also play over the holidays battling Algoma, Nipissing and CEGEP de Sainte-Foy from Dec. 28-30.

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