Balanced scoring scorches stingers in cross-town hoops rivalry


Box Score MONTREAL, Que. – Four Martlets reached double digit figures as the No.4-ranked McGill women’s basketball team waltzed to a 72-48 road victory over cross-town rival Concordia University, Saturday.
With the victory McGill has now won 20 of their last 22 games against RSEQ opponents and improved their division-leading record to 11-1. The stingers stumbled to 4-8.
Both teams came out of the gate firing in a high scoring first quarter that saw McGill have a 21-19 advantage. The Martlets continued with the hot hand in the second stanza scoring 23 points but managed to hold Concordia to seven points to take a 44-26 lead into halftime. Following the break, McGill kept rolling and put up 14 in each of the final two frames while holding the Stingers to 13 and nine respectively.
Leading the way for McGill was Mariam Sylla who scored a game-high 18 points off an efficient 7-for-9 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-7 performance from the line. The 6-foot-1 pharmacology major also added four rebounds, one assist and one block.
McGill had three other players in double-digit scoring. Alex Kiss-Rusk, a third year transfer centre originally from Montreal, had 14 points on a 4-of-11 shooting night. She also went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and pulled down nine boards. Teammate Carolann Cloutier, a 5-foot-9 guard was lights out from downtown scoring all 12 of her points from beyond the arc. Finally, sophomore forward Jennifer Silver continued with her strong play off the bench collecting 11 points and six rebounds.
Marilyse Roy-Viau and Kaylah Barrett were the only Stingers in double-digit scoring draining 17 points each. Neither player was very successful shooting from the floor but did a masterful job getting to the foul line. Roy-Viau only went for 4-for-15 from the field but was a stellar 8-for-9 from the stripe. Barrett was 3-of-20 and 10-of-14, respectively.
McGill shot 42.6 per cent from the field (26/61), went 5-for-18 from three-point range and sank 15 of 19 from the line (78.9%). Concordia shot a dreadful 17.7 per cent from the floor (11/62) and 3-for-23 from beyond the arc. They went 23-for-31 from the line.
The Martlets (11-1) will now have exactly one week off before they travel to Lennoxville, Que., to battle the winless Bishop Gaiters. Tip-off is at 6.p.m and scheduled to be streamed online at Gaiters TV.
Concorida (4-8) will make the same trip to Bishops but one night earlier, Feb. 13 at 6.p.m. 
Ryne Bondy & Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office