Jan 07, 2015
Photo credit Andrew Dobrowolskyj
Source: Bill Malley, McMaster Communications
HAMILTON, Ont. – With a good chunk of southern Ontario covered by an Arctic air mass, the McMaster women’s basketball team shot the ball like it was playing outside, dropping a 62-48 contest to the Laurier Golden Hawks.
The Marauders got a 3-pointer from Rachael Holmes on their first shot of the game, but buckets were hard to come by after that. McMaster led 17-13 after one quarter, but Laurier grabbed the lead in the second stanza and grew the advantage steadily over the final 30 minutes.
Despite having an edge in size overall, McMaster allowed Laurier to dominate inside as the Hawks held a 44-22 advantage in points in the paint, and outrebounded the Maroon 46-37.
Laurier just seemed to have more intensity as the Hawks showed great hustle, winning the majority of loose balls and swiping 14 steals. McMaster struggled for the entire game and committed a troubling 25 turnovers, leading to 22 Laurier points.
The Marauders made only 19 of 60 shots for a 32% field-goal percentage. Laurier didn’t torch the twine either, shooting just 37% from the floor but with McMaster turning the ball over and Laurier getting easy looks inside, the Hawks were able to prevail.
Top shooter for McMaster was Clare Kenney with 14 points, while Laurier’s Whitney Ellenor dropped a game-high 18.
McMaster will look to bounce back with a better effort this Saturday, when it travels to Toronto to face the Ryerson Rams, currently ranked 8th in the CIS top-ten.
Source: Jill Clark, Toronto Sports Info
TORONTO – The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s basketball team opened the New Year with a 74-71 victory over the No. 8 Ryerson Rams on Wednesday night (Jan. 7) at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
With the win, the Blues improve to 5-4 and remain in second place in the East division, while the Rams drop to 6-3 and stay in first place.
The game marked the first of four in the Toronto/Ryerson BIA Cup series. The Harbord Street Business Improvement Area (BIA) partnered with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), which represents 78 local BIAs and over 35,000 local businesses, to foster a cross-town basketball rivalry between U of T and Ryerson by creating the BIA Cup.
The series will culminate on February 11 when Ryerson hosts Toronto and Mattamy Athletic Centre. The points from all four games will be accumulated to determine the winner of the Cup.
Fifth-year guard Jill Stratton of Etobicoke, Ont., notched a team-high 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while fellow veteran Jasmine Lewin had 14 points, eight boards and three assists on the night.
Julie Longauer also hit double digits with 11 points, with Rahshida Atkinson, Emily Piccini and Liane Bailey all adding seven in the win.
The Blues got out to a 7-2 lead, thanks to five early points from Lewin, but the Rams battled back and despite a late jumper, Toronto held an 11-10 lead after the first quarter.
U of T opened the second frame on a 13-3 run and continued to dominate, building upwards of a 20-point advantage. Ryerson mounted a small come back, but U of T took a 37-24 lead into halftime.
Both teams traded points in the third quarter with the Rams holding Toronto to 13 points in the frame. A couple of Sophia Paska free throws and a Katherine Follis jumper brought Ryerson within four (50-46) heading into the final frame.
The Rams continued to close the gap but some great work from Longauer and Atkinson kept the Blues on top. Ryerson did bring the game within one (64-63) after four consecutive points off turnovers but Bailey made it a two possession game with 31 seconds remaining, draining the layup and one at the shot clock buzzer.
Keneca Pingue-Giles led all players with 23 points and six steals, while Chloe Mago had 16 points and Mariah Nunes notched 10 in the loss.
The Varsity Blues return to the court next Saturday, January 17 as they travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., to take on the Algoma Thunderbirds. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
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