Montreal, QC – The StFX X-Women played a tough game against the defending national champion McGill Martlets, coming out on the losing end of a 69-41 exhibition game at the McGill RedBird Classic tournament Friday night.
The home team Martlets were up 30-15 at halftime and though the X-Women played an improved second half, the point differential could not be overcome.
For the Martlets, Alex Kiss-Rusk scored a game-high 24 points and she also had 10 rebounds.
The Martlets had a narrow 31-30 rebounding advantage, a 14-4 margin in steals and a 13-25 difference in turnovers. St. FX had a 2-1 edge in blocks.
McGill shot 40.3 per cent from the field (27/67), 15 per cent from the three-point range (3/20) and 12-for-15 from the stripe (80 per cent). The X-Women shot 35.8 per cent (19/53) from the floor, 0-for-8 from beyond the arc and were 3-for-4 on free throws.
Queen's defeated Toronto 99-95 in double-overtime earlier in the day.
St. FX (0-1 in the tournament) will face the Queen's Gaels (1-0) at 3 p.m. at Love Competition Hall on Saturday (Oct. 21). The Martlets (1-0) take on the Varsity Blues (0-1) at 5 p.m. that evening.
22nd ANNUAL McGILL REDBIRD BASKETBALL CLASSIC
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Queen's 99, Toronto 95 (2OT)
McGill 69, StFX 41
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
3:00 pm StFX vs Queen's
5:00 pm Toronto vs McGill
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
10:00 am Toronto vs StFX
2:00 pm Queen's vs McGill