Much as they had a night earlier, the Algoma Thunderbirds put up valiant fight against the no. 3-ranked team in the country through the opening quarter Saturday.
But that was where the resistance ended, as the Marauders outscored the Thunderbirds 81-28 in the final three quarters to notch the most lopsided win of their season to date, downing the hosts 102-47.
The 55-point victory was McMaster’s largest by margin in nearly three years, dating back to the Marauders 59-point, 85-29 win over the Nipissing Lakers on February 19, 2016.
With the win, the Marauders moved ever closer to clinching the top seed in the OUA West division, and improved to 19-3 in conference play with two games left to play. McMaster needs only one more win, or a Lakehead loss, to clinch distinction and the first round playoff bye it carries.
The lopsided nature of Saturday’s game allowed the majority of McMaster’s roster to touch court, as 11 Marauders saw playing time in the win.
Five of those eclipsed the double digit mark in points, with forward Christina Buttenham leading the way by shooting six of nine from the field and adding four from the free throw line for a team high 16 points.
Senior guard Erin Burns matched her career single game high by scoring 14 points, and hit six of 11 from the field and two of five from three-point range in the process. She finished the night just one rebound shy of a double double.
Burns last reached 14 points against the Carleton Ravens on December 1, 2017.
The trio of Sarah Gates (13), Linnaea Harper (12) and Olivia Wilson (11) also topped double digits on Saturday.
NEXT UP: The Marauders complete their regular season home schedule on Wednesday, February 13, when they welcome the Guelph Gryphons to Burridge Gym for Seniors Night. McMaster will honour graduating veterans Linnaea Harper, Hilary Hanaka, Erin Burns and Evie Streight in a post-game ceremony.
Source: Fraser Caldwell