Even while their opponents’ offence chugged along healthily, the #4 Marauders were unbothered Friday, as their own blistering attack led the way to a fifth consecutive win at the expense of the Guelph Gryphons.
McMaster shot 50 per cent from the field and 51 per cent from three-point range Friday, en route to a 109-80 demolition of Guelph on the road which moved the team to 11-2 in OUA play.
Senior guard Hilary Hanaka had a game high 28 points in the victory, shooting 10 of 16 from the field and eight of 11 from three-point range in the process, while adding six rebounds and six assists.
Her sister Julia followed with 21 points, while forward Christina Buttenham and guard Sarah Gates had 19 apiece in McMaster’s offensive explosion.
The win saw Mac keep pace with the 11-1 Lakehead Thunderwolves atop the OUA West divisional standings.
Trailing early in the first quarter, the Marauders responded by reeling off a 17-3 run that pulled them ahead 22-12 after a jumper from Buttenham with just over three and a half minutes to play in the quarter.
That lead stabilized in the second, as the trio of Buttenham, Hilary Hanaka and Gates eclipsed double digits in points at that early stage, finishing the half with 12, 11 and 11 respectively.
Buttenham’s six of eight shooting from the field led the way at the break, while Gates hit three of five attempts from the field and two of four from long range in the half.
Hitting eight times from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes, McMaster boasted a 44.4 per cent success rate from three-point range as the teams headed to the tunnel, which stood as a chief factor in their 14-point, 53-39 advantage at the break.
The Hanaka sisters took over for McMaster in the second half, with 32 points between the pair, as the Marauders continued to hit from the floor with impunity.
Hilary had 17 of her game-high 28 points in the back half, hitting six of seven shots from the field and five of six from three-point range, while Julia had 15 of her 21 on five of six shooting, with all of those coming from beyond the arc.
Those two led a team-wide trend, as McMaster bulldozed its way through the second half, scoring 34 points in the fourth quarter to put an exclamation point on their seventh win of the season by more than 20 points.
NEXT UP: McMaster rematches the Laurier Golden Hawks, who the Marauders defeated 82-62 in Waterloo a week ago, Saturday night at Burridge Gym. That game will get underway at 6:00 p.m. and can be seen live on OUA.tv.
Source: Fraser Caldwell