Gryphon hoops women downed by McMaster

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons were outscored in each quarter as their two-game OUA women’s basketball winning streak came to an end with an 84-67 loss to the eighth-ranked McMaster Marauders Saturday at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

McMaster stretch a slim 17-16 lead at the end of the first quarter into a 36-26 advantage at halftime and the Marauders led 62-47 at the end of the third quarter.

Megan Brenkel came off the bench to lead the Gryphs with 13 points while Burke Bechard and Julia Kokonis each had 12 and Haley Belyk netted 10. Bechard had 10 rebounds and Sarah Holmes had eight while Kokonis and Belyk each had four steals and Ashley Wheeler had three assists and three steals. Ivana Vujadinovic had two blocks.

Hilary Hanaka collected a game-high 26 points for McMaster with 21 coming in the second half. Linnaea Harper netted 21 in the game and also had seven rebounds and five blocks and Sarah Gates had 10 points. Jelena Mamic had 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals and Lexie Spadafora had eight rebounds and five assists.

Guelph is sixth in the West Division at 8-10 while McMaster, winners of eight in a row, and the Windsor Lancers are tied for top spot with identical 14-4 marks. Top six qualify for the playoffs.

The Gryphs are to host the Algoma Thunderbirds (2-16) twice next weekend at 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre. The Thunderbirds have lost five consecutive games.


Marauders 84 Gryphons 67
Field Goals: McMaster 32-73; Guelph 21-65
Field-Goal Percentage: McMaster 43.8; Guelph 32.3
Three-Pointers: McMaster 10-34; Guelph 7-22
Three-Point Percentage: McMaster 29.4; Guelph 31.8
Free Throws: McMaster 10-13; Guelph 18-26
Free-Throw Percentage: McMaster 76.9; Guelph 69.2
Rebounds: McMaster 40; Guelph 31
Assists: McMaster 20; Guelph 12
Turnovers: McMaster 23; Guelph 24
Points off Turnovers: McMaster 30; Guelph 11
Second-Chance Points: McMaster 11; Guelph 9
Bench Points: McMaster 20; Guelph 21
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