LENNOXVILLE, Que. – Sirah Diarra recorded a double-double for the visiting McGill Martlets as they went wire-to-wire to beat the Bishop’s Gaiters 53-44 in RSEQ University women’s basketball on Saturday night in Lennoxville. The game was part of the Bell Let’s Talk festivities.
The loss drops Bishop’s to 2-10 in conference play, 4-15 overall while McGill improves to 6-3 in the RSEQ, 8-9 overall.
Diarra scored 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, including 10 at the offensive end in the win. She did that in just 24 minutes on the court after picking up her fourth foul early in the third quarter. She didn’t pick up her fifth until late in the game.
Gladys Hakizimana and Charlotte Clayton also scored in double figures for the Martlets with 12 and 11 points respectively.
For Bishop’s Maude Archambault (St-Augustine-de-Desmaures, Que./Cegep de Montmorency) led the way with 11 points. Amaiquen Sicilian scored 10 and Marie Berrouette (Montreal, Que./Dawson College) grabbed 12 rebounds.
It was an early struggle at the offensive end for both teams. McGill led 13-7 after one quarter and 24-12 at halftime.
“Sirah Diarra was a difference maker tonight,” said Gaiters’ head coach Craig Norman. “We don’t have the size to compete down low. That being said I was proud of our effort tonight, I think we played tremendous. We had an opportunity in the second half to make a run but were not able to capitalize. The game was much closer than the score indicated. We just didn’t shoot the ball.
“We just have to take our lumps right now, we are still transitioning. I’m optimistic going forward.”
McGill outrebounded Bishop’s 51-34. Both teams had 17 at the offensive end. The Martlets turned that into 20 second chance points while Bishop’s was only able to score 12. McGill’s bench also outscored the Gaiters 22-4.
Bishop’s will enjoy a bye week before they are back in action on Friday, Feb. 8 at Laval.
“I think we have to rest up right now,” Norman added regarding the bye week. “We’ll take two or three days to take care of their academics and spend some time with their family. Next week we’ll lift and we’ll shoot a bit and clean up a few things then we’ll get ready for Laval.”