HAMILTON, THUNDER BAY – Sports - The Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s basketball team dropped an 83-64 decision to the McMaster Marauders on Friday evening. The game got off to a good start for the T-Wolves, who led 20-19 after ten minutes, thanks to a late three-pointer from Carolyn Fragale, who finished with 16 points on the game after scoring 12 in the first 15 minutes.
Lakehead Thunderwolves started strong
Halftime score was 37-34 in favour of McMaster.
In the second half, McMaster would gradually pull away, putting up 27 points in the third quarter to Lakehead’s 19. They would protect their lead from there on out, limiting Lakehead to 11 points in the final quarter.
One spark for Lakehead was Katie Ulakovic, who finished with 23 points (5-10 from three). Ayse Kalkan did most of the dirty work for Lakehead, grabbing 12 rebounds (5 offensive), along with 4 assists and 3 steals.
McMaster’s Hailey Milligan was a beast on the glass, grabbing 17 rebounds (10 offensive) with 26 points and 4 blocked shots. Danielle Boiago also scored 26 with 6 rebounds.
As a team McMaster out-rebounded Lakehead 44-31, and shot 22 free throws to Lakehead’s 8.
Coach Jon Kreiner said, ”I thought we came out to play, executed out game plan and did some things well in the first half. McMaster really brought the hammer in the third Q and even though we responded with some clutch outside scoring by Ulakovic we got careless with the ball, got out-rebounded and fouled far too much to be successful. We did get some injuries in the second half so we hope we’ll have a full squad but our biggest focus will be defending Boiago and Milligan much better than tonight”.
The teams will rematch tomorrow evening at 6 pm.
Lakehead must win tomorrow to control their playoff destiny. Failing that, the Waterloo Warrriors (0-20) must defeat the Guelph Gryphons (6-14).