The McMaster men’s and women’s basketball teams will be counting on homecourt advantage to be a factor as they face the Waterloo Warriors for a doubleheader on Saturday, January 24th at the Burridge Gym. Game
times are at 6 and 8 p.m.
The Marauders return home after playing their last three games on opposition courts at Ryerson, Laurentian, and Nipissing.
On the women’s side, McMaster is currently tied with Lakehead for first-place in the OUA Central, but needs to keep winning to solidify its chances to gain a first-round playoff bye.
The top three teams in each of the OUA’s four divisions makes the playoffs, with the teams seeded 1 to 12 based on RPI, and the top four seeds get a bye in the opening round of the post-season. McMaster is in a group that is hoping to gain a top-four seed, with Ryerson and Lakehead.
Marauder guard Danielle Boiago was the McMaster female athlete of the week for her performance last week in northern Ontario, and may have to come up big again as the status of forward Clare Kenney will be a game-time decision. McMaster currently sits in 9th position in the national top-ten rankings.
The Mac men are in a similar position to the women’s team, with a 9 and 3 record and alone in first-place in the Central Division.
The Marauders are also playing to secure a top-four seed for the playoffs and will be glad to get back on their home floor after playing six of their last eight games on the road. Waterloo is fighting to get into a playoff position, and the CIS 4th-ranked Marauders will face a Warrior squad that should be ready to battle.
The Saturday double-header is also the annual SHOOT FOR THE CURE event, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
There will be activities and contests to assist in the fund-raising effort, with proceeds helping to fund breast cancer research and support programs.
Source: Bill Malley