Women's hoops: Mac's DeGroot done for season

McMaster's fifth-year star Lindsay Degroot, who has the highest scoring and rebounding averages in the history of the Marauders women's program, had lower back surgery Thursday, ending her final season after just three games.
"Despite some of the challenges I have faced with my knee and now my lower back, I have been really fortunate. I have been a part of a a team that
captured three Ontario West championships, two OUA championships and a CIS
bronze medal. Moving forward I am going to finish my Psychology degree at
McMaster, and look at opportunities to continue my studies at the graduate
level and perhaps play basketball professionally. We will see what happens
next term."
Mac is soldiering on fairly well without Degroot -- they're 5-3, good for a second-place tie in the OUA West coming into a home weekend vs. Laurientian and York. Point guard Taylor Smith, who's tied for the OUA lead in assists (6.1), seems to have picked up some of the slack (granted, this is coming from someone who has seen Mac play in person once, and Smith happened to hit the winning free throws with less than five seconds left in a one-point win over Carleton). Mac is now down seven players and its coach from what was arguably the best team to come out of the OUA this decade, so if they manage to be in the top half of the OUA West, that will be some feat.
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  1. That's going to be a big blow to Mac: DeGroot's one of the best in the country for my money.

  2. Yeah, DeGroot is definitely a top-5 player. Looks like those of us who picked Mac to win the OUA West were, uh, just a little off. Though I'll be interested to see how Mac plays the tougher teams--they've had kind of an easy go at it so far.