When St. Thomas More won the Ontario Quad-A high school girls basketball championship in 2012, you had to feel for the challengers who were trying to knock off the Knights.
Kia Nurse, a 2015 Pan-American Games gold medalist with Canada and two-time NCAA champion with the University of Connecticut Huskies, was shooting the lights out from one side of the backcourt. On the other side it was petite Danielle Boiago, who will graduate this year as McMaster University’s all-time leading scorer.
“I can’t even put into words how much Danielle has meant to our basketball program,” Marauders coach Theresa Burns said. “She shows leadership, she has a high IQ and she’s a classy person. There’s not a statistical category in basketball she hasn’t mastered.”
Boiago was honored after her final career appearance at the Burridge gym in which she scored 13 points, hauled down 10 rebounds and recorded seven assists as McMaster eliminated the Western Mustangs 82-54. She played a team-leading 34 minutes.
“I’ll miss my teammates and coaches,” Boiago said. “I’ve had a lot of great memories playing in the Burridge gym. They’re all like my second family.”
In the 2015-16 season she became the first McMaster player named a first team all-Canadian since Lindsay DeGroot in 2008 and the year before was named the school’s female athlete of the year.
After she receives her degree in kinesiology this summer, Boiago hopes to play in Europe for a couple years before becoming a teacher.
During the regular season the Marauders posted an impressive record of 17-2 and were ranked number 2 in Canada behind Laval.