Hanaka, Harper Named OUA All-Stars, Gates to All-Rookie Team

Three years after capping their debut season as Marauders with OUA All-Rookie Team status, McMaster’s Hilary Hanaka and Linnaea Harper each earned their second all-star appearance.

Hanaka was named to the conference’s first team, while Harper cracked the third team, as the OUA announced its women’s basketball all-stars and major award winners for 2017-18 on Tuesday.

First-year guard Sarah Gates was included among the OUA All-Rookie Team.

Serving as McMaster’s leading scorer as the Marauders powered to a 20-4 regular season record and topped the OUA West, Hanaka finished seventh in the conference with an average of 15.1 points per game and a 46.6 percentage from the field. Despite an injury-shortened season which saw her miss five games, Hanaka finished fifth in the conference with 45 three-pointers and a percentage of 41.3 from beyond the arc that ranked second.

Tuesday marked Hanaka’s second all-star appearance, having been named to the OUA Second Team in her rookie season in 2015.

Much like her teammate, Harper excelled in an injury-shortened season in which she missed five games, appearing in 19. Second behind Hanaka in scoring among Marauders, Harper finished the season with an average of 12.5 points per game.

In keeping with a team-wide trend, she was efficient from beyond the arc, with a 37.9 shooting percentage from long range that ranked fifth in the conference.

Harper was honoured as an all-star for the second consecutive season, having been named to the OUA’s first team in 2017.

Putting her sharpshooting from the floor on constant display in her first season in maroon, Gates was named to the OUA All-Rookie Team following a season in which she ranked seventh in the conference with 44 three-pointers and eighth with a percentage of 35.5 beyond the arc.

Her ability to generate offence in limited playing time made Gates one of the most efficient scorers in the OUA, as she finished the season sixth in the conference averaging 22.9 points per 40 minutes.

The trio of Marauders honourees look to build upon their already impressive seasons as McMaster plays host to an OUA semi final against the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Wednesday, February 28.

Game time for that do-or-die encounter is 6:00 p.m. The contest can be seen live or on demand on OUA.tv or heard on TSN 1150 Hamilton.

Source: Fraser Caldwell

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