LENNOXVILLE, Que. — Game MVP Mariam Sylla registered a “double-double” and knocked down the winning basket in the dying seconds as McGill rallied for a thrilling 53-51 victory over the UQAM Citadins at the Mitchell gym on Saturday afternoon, to capture the RSEQ women’s basketball championship for the fourth consecutive year.
In a game where the lead changed hands 15 times, the 6-foot-1 forward from Conakry, Guinea, showed her mettle at crunch time. Sylla, the two-time conference player of the year, drained the winning basket on a lay-up with 26 seconds remaining to make it 52-51, then added a free-throw with two seconds left to finish with a game-high 25 points and 14 rebounds.
She played a season-high 38 minutes, shot a sizzling 8-for-16 from the floor and dropped an impressive nine of 11 shots from the foul-line. She was also credited with a pair of steals.
McGill, which led 18-9 early in the second quarter, found themselves on the wrong side of a 46-41 score with 6:22 remaining in the contest before Sylla took over and poured in eight of the team’s 12 points down the stretch. She tied the game at 47-47 with 4:53 remaining and put McGill ahead 50-49 on a three-point play with 2:58 left.
But UQAM regained the lead at 51-50 when Jessica Lubin hit a jumper with 36 seconds remaining. Sylla, however, answered back.
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