The McMaster women’s team got down early, but mounted a spirited comeback. However, the mountain was just a little too high to scale, falling 48-45 on Saturday night.

Ottawa had all the momentum in the first quarter, taking a 22-5 lead. Their lead would grow in the second frame before the Marauders sunk a basket prior to the buzzer to send the teams to the break with the Gee Gees doubling up the home side 36-18.

Switching to a zone defense to start the second half helped McMaster cool off the Ottawa shooting, which shot 50-percent from the floor in the first half. While the Gee Gees could not score like they were in the first 20-minutes, Mac had the same problem but won the third quarter 10-8.

In the final 10-minutes of regulation, McMaster started to make their shots, especially from beyond the arc where they hit four consecutive treys and cutting the Gee Gees lead to four points. The Marauders out scored the Gee Gees 17-4 in the final quarter with all four of Ottawa’s points coming from free throws as they failed to score on their 12 shots taken.

Olivia Wilson led all McMaster scoring with 11 points with Sarah Gates two points back of her. Wilson would also pull in eight rebounds while Lexie Spadafora also totalling eight rebounds in the game.

The men’s team battled right to the end, forcing overtime, but it was not the decision thy deserved, falling by a score of 101-97 to the Gee Gees.

McMaster learned a lot from the blowout loss the night before and came out hot, taking the game to Ottawa in the first and taking a 22-18 lead.

The Gee Gees held on to control of the game following halftime and expanded their lead to 15-points after the third frame.

Mac then cued the comeback in the fourth, going on a 9-0 run in the first 90 seconds of the quarter. With Matt Quiring and David McCulloch started to fire on all cylinders and got the Marauders back into the game and even taking a three-point lead with five minutes left in regulation. At that point, the teams started to trade the lead back and forth with Ottawa holding the ball for the final possession but hit the iron on their final shot in regulation, sending the game into overtime tied at 87.

In the extra period, the Gee Gees jumped out to the lead following a pair of three-point shots. Mac tried to keep up with Ottawa but a late trey by the Gee Gees and some free throws ended the game for the Marauders.

Both teams now hit the holiday break before returning to action on January 3rd when they host the Windsor Lancers at the Burridge Gym.