WINDSOR, Ont. – Jennifer Silver scored a game-high 15 points as the McGill Martlets won for the sixth straight outing with a 63-50 victory over Western on Day 2 of the Windsor Holiday Classic women’s basketball tournament, Monday.
Combined with McGill’s 63-50 conquest over Calgary in Sunday’s tourney opener, it is believed to be the first time in school history that the Martlets had won back-to-back games by identical scores. It also marked the first time since 1984 that they had posted identical scores in consecutive games. That year, McGill registered consecutive 74-61 losses to Brock (Jan. 1) and Brandon (Jan. 2).
McGill took a 19-13 lead into the second quarter and extended that to a 35-27 edge at halftime and a 50-37 advantage after three quarters.
Silver, who added four rebounds and a blocked shot, connected on six of eight attempts from the floor and went 3-for-5 from the free-throw line.
Other Martlets to reach double figures in scoring included Mariam Sylla (13 pts, 6 rbs), Alex Kiss-Rusk (13 pts, 9 rbs) and Dianna Ros (12 pts).
“It was a comfortable win for the team,” said McGill head coach Ryan Thorne. “Alex got us started early inside and allowed us to establish an inside dominance. We had solid performances once again from our veterans — Ros and Sylla — which allowed us to maintain a comfortable lead, but the Christmas rust was still evident, as we turned the ball over to many times for my liking.”
The Martlets committed a whopping 23 miscues, compared to 17 by Western.
Topping the scoresheet for the Mustangs was Victoria Heine and Maddy Horst with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
McGill shot 42.4 per cent from the field (25/59), 30.8 from three-point range (4/13) and 56.3 from the line (9/16), compared to Western, which shot 35.5, 16.7 and 40.0, respectively.
McGill (2-0), which entered the December exam break as the third-ranked team in the nation, improved to 11-2 overall. They will confront No.1-ranked Windsor (2-0) for the tourney title on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Lancer Holiday Classic
(Hosted by Windsor @ St. Denis Centre)
McGill 63, Calgary 50
Windsor 83, Aquinas College 54
McGill 63, Western 50
Windsor 88, Calgary 59
5:00pm – Calgary vs Western
7:00pm – Windsor vs McGill