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The week that was for McGill Athletics: Jan. 26

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Redmen Basketball

McGill was unable to hold off Concordia at Love Competition Hall on Saturday, falling 68-57 to their crosstown rivals. The loss marks the second of a home-and-home series this week against Concordia. The Redmen (5-3) trailed their opponent for almost the entire game, falling behind in the first quarter and finishing the first half down by eight points at 31-23. Redmen Vincent Dufort and Tychon Carter-Newman each posted a team-high 12 points. McGill will look to end a three-game losing streak in the first leg of a home-and-home against the last-place Bishop's Gaiters (1-6) on Thursday, Jan. 28 at Love Competition Hall.

Martlet Volleyball

McGill swept Laval 25-21, 25-17, and 25-20 in a dominating performance at Centre PEPS on Sunday, the team's first ever sweep in Quebec City. Power hitter Marie-Eve Dorion of St. Hubert, Quebec, a junior studying physical education, recorded a game-high 17 digs along with 10 points on nine kills and an ace while fifth-year setter and Ottawa-native Yasmeen Dawoodjee posted 31 assists, 13 digs and two kills. McGill held advantages in digs (65-40), kills (41-33), stuff blocks (4-2) and service aces (4-2). The Martlets are now 12-5 in league play, tied with Sherbrooke for second place in the RSEQ behind only Montreal (15-3). The Martlets next play the Carabins on Jan. 29 at Centre CEPSUM.

Athletes of the Week

Alex Kiss-Rusk – Junior, Centre – Arts

6’4” centre Alex Kiss-Rusk of the Martlet basketball team earned a combined 42 points and 27 rebounds in two legs of a home-and-home versus rival Concordia last week, including a career-high 28 points on Saturday. The Beaconsfield, Quebec-native has now posted seven double-doubles since the start of the season.

"She's being aggressive and getting some good opportunities and making the most of those," said McGill Head Coach Ryan Thorne. "Alex is one of the biggest girls on the court and we've got to make sure that we play through her."

Daniel Milne – Freshman, Left Wing – Management

Rookie left wing Daniel Milne of Unionville, Ontario scored two of McGill’s five goals against defending OUA champions Guelph on Friday. Milne opened the scoring at 2:03 in the first period while killing a penalty and capped off the game for McGill at 17:50 in the second. 21-year-old Milne played a season in the NCAA at the University of Michigan before moving to the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League for three years, scoring 46 points each in of his last two seasons with the team before coming to McGill. He currently has 25 points for McGill this season, including 13 goals in 23 games.

By the numbers

28 – Points scored by Kiss-Rusk in a career-high performance in Martlet basketball’s win over Concordia on Saturday

15 – Goals this season by Redmen hockey defenceman Samuel Labrecque, tying the McGill single-season record for most goals by a defenceman, set by Gilles Hudon in the 1981-82 season

1000 – Dollars raised as a part of Martlet volleyball’s annual "Dig for the Cure" fundraiser for breast cancer

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