MONTREAL — Jessica Lubin collected a “double-double” as the ‘Université du Québec à Montréal rallied to upset the No.2-ranked McGill Martlets 76-71 in double overtime at Love Competition Hall, Thursday. The result halted McGill’s win streak at eight, their first loss in the RSEQ women’s basketball conference this season.
It also snapped UQAM’s nine-game losing streak against the Martlets and marked the 50th lifetime meeting between these city rivals, a series that McGill leads 30-20.
Turnovers were the major storyline for the Martlets, who now sit eighth in the nation for most miscues, averaging 22.7 per game. They coughed up the ball 28 times in this contest, half of which were UQAM steals.The Martlets had a 37-34 advantage in rebounds but were edged out in turnovers and steals, 28-21 and 14-7 respectively.
“It’s discipline more than anything,” said McGill head coach Ryan Thorne, whose troops had a 49-44 lead with 66 seconds remaining in regulation. “We were up with a minute to go and we were forcing the ball trying to go fast when we didn’t have too.”
In a see-saw affair that featured six lead changes, UQAM led 18-12 after the opening quarter and 33-30 at the half. The Martlets clawed back to take a 49-48 advantage after three quarters but UQAM tied it up at 60-60 to force overtime on a pair of successful free-throws by Lorna Desrameaux-Simon with 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The teams scored six points apiece in the first five-minute extra session, with McGill’s Marie Pier Bastrash tying the score at 66-66 by going 1-for-2 at the foul-line with 1:52 remining. After an eternity where nobody seemed to want to win the game, UQAM had a 10-5 edge in the second extra session.
Lubin, a second-year centre from Montreal, drained what proved to be the winning basket with 95 seconds remaining in the sixth and final period of play. She posted game-highs in both points and rebounds with 20 and 10, respectively. Lubin shot 9-for-19 from the floor and made 2 of 3 attempts from the free-throw line, to go along with three steals and a pair of blocked shots.
Despite the loss McGill had three players in double-digit scoring. Mariam Sylla, the reigning RSEQ player of the year, had a very efficient night, making six of 12 attempts from the floor and going 3-for-3 from the line for 15 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds and was credited with a pair of assists. Montrealer Jennifer Silver, a 5-foot-11 sophomore forward, came off the bench to contribute a dozen points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. She also had a hot hand, shooting 5-for-8 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Senior Marie-Pier Bastrash, a third-year medical student who recently rejoined the Martets after hanging up her sneakers last spring, came off the bench and put home 10 points.
McGill shot 40.8 per cent from the field (29/71) but were ice-cold from three-point range going just 2-for-13. UQAM had similar numbers, shooting 36.1 per cent from the floor (26/72) and 4-for-17 from beyond the arc. Both teams had more success from the foul-line as McGill made 11 of 15 attempts while UQAM connected on 20 of 24.
The aforementioned Desrameaux-Simon tallied a dozen points for the Citadins, while teammates Queteline Celestin and Bianca Marois, added 12 and 10, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for McGill was Alex Kiss-Rusk (9 pts), Carolann Cloutier (7), Dianna Ros (7), Gabriela Hebert (4), Marika Guerin (3), Stephanie Blais (2) and Marie-Love Michel (2).
McGill, which dropped to 8-1, will make the short jaunt across the downtown core on Saturday to square off with UQAM (7-2) in a rematch with first place on the line. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. and the game is scheduled to be streamed live at citadins.tv
MARTLET MURMURS: It was McGill’s second overtime setback of the campaign, including a 65-58 loss at Carleton in preseason play back on Oct. 4… The Martlets are 0-3 lifetime against UQAM in overtime… The Citadins were also the last team in regular season play to beat the Martlets in overtime, winning 70-65 on their home turf, Nov. 17, 2012… It was McGill’s first double overtime result since an 89-88 home loss, also against UQAM on Feb. 25, 2011… The game served as McGill’s annual “Shoot for the Cure” fundraiser for breast cancer and raised an estimated $1,500. Combined with the women’s volleyball team, which held a “Dig for the Cure” game last semester, the two events could raise over an estimated $3,000 for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. (NOTE: Exact figures will be updated here when available).
Ryan Bondy & Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office