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Gryphon hoops women edged by McMaster

HAMILTON – It’s hard to beat a quality team twice in a row, especially if the second game is at the opponent’s home.

The Guelph Gryphons had that fact reinforced to them Saturday when they were edged 74-70 by the McMaster Marauders in OUA women’s basketball league play at McMaster’s Burridge Gym three days after they’d outscored the Marauders by 28 points in a league win in Guelph.

McMaster 74 Guelph Gryphons 70

The loss was the first of the young season for the Gryphs.

While the Gryphs grabbed a five-point lead just over two and a half minutes into the game, the Marauders weren’t about to watch them disappear this time. The hosts went ahead with about a minute and a half to go in the opening quarter and were never headed after that. McMaster led 22-15 at the end of the first quarter, 47-39 at halftime and 58-49 at the end of the third quarter.

MacKeely Shantz had 15 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals for the Gryphs while Burke Bechard, Natalie Vigna and Julia Colavecchia each had 11 points. Skyla Minaker had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Sarah Gates broke free for 38 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals for McMaster while Delaney Bourget had 12 points and Arianne Soriano had seven rebounds.

The Gryphs shot 39 percent on field goals, 35 percent of three-pointers, 45 percent on free throws and had 17 points off turnovers, nine second-chance points and 21 points from their bench.

McMaster shot 40 percent on field goals, 42 percent of three-pointers, 63 percent on free throws and had 13 points off turnovers, two second-chance points and 25 points from their bench.

The result leaves the Gryphs and Marauders tied for second in the West Division with 3-1 records. Brock Badgers lead at 4-0 while the Western Mustangs are at 2-0. They’re followed by the Waterloo Warriors at 1-1, Windsor Lancers at 1-3, Algoma Thunderbirds and Laurier Golden Hawks each at 0-2 and Lakehead Thunderwolves at 0-4.

In terms of league play, the Gryphs are idle this week while Brock is their opponent next week as they’re to play Nov. 24 at Brock at 6 p.m. and Nov. 27 at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre starting at 1 p.m. Those games complete the 2021 portion of the season.


  • Guelph Sports Journal