A tip of the cap is due to a couple McMaster Marauders, Lindsay DeGroot of the women's basketball team and men's basketball coach Joe Raso.
At the Darcel Wright tournament in Toronto, DeGroot scored 43 points Friday in Mac's 92-81 win over Laval, a single-game record for any Mac baller, female or male. She scored 25 of Mac's 40 first-half points to tide her team over until some other scorers warmed up, and hit a couple big treys in the second half to help the Marauders take the lead for good in a matchup of two teams who have been regular visitors to the Final 8.
Raso, meantime, earned his 400th career coaching win in the McMaster men's 86-71 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen out at the U of Manitoba Reebok Invitational. Needless to say, it takes a whole lot of steadfastness to stick with coaching long enough to collect 400 W's. Mac is going to be an intriguing team to watch in the OUA West this season, for sure.
I know this has been said before, but we would like to get more women's basketball coverage on here -- at the very least, an equivalent of the Top 10 tracker we posted every weekend throughout last winter. Again, the door is open to anyone who'd like to take it on, especially if you're in Western Canada, hint-hint-hint ... fire an e-mail off to firstname.lastname@example.org.