Gryphon hoops women get real stingy with McMaster

HAMILTON – The Guelph Gryphons held the McMaster Marauders to 19 points in the second half as they turned a four-point deficit at the break into a dominant 92-60 win in OUA women’s basketball play Saturday at McMaster’s Burridge Gymnasium.

The victory extended Guelph’s season-opening win streak to four games.

The Gryphs trailed 19-15 at the end of the first quarter and 41-37 at halftime before jumping out to a 65-54 lead by the end of the third quarter and then limiting their hosts to six points in the final quarter.

Guelph had five players in double digits in scoring as Ivana Vujadinovic had 19 points, Burke Bechard 18, Mackeely Shantz 17, Skyla Minaker 15 and Sarah Holmes 12. They also had three players in double digits in rebounding with Shantz at 13 and Bechard and Minaker at 10 apiece. Shantz also had five assists and Minaker had four steals.

Sarah Gates led McMaster with 22 points and Mia Spadafora added 16. Christina Buttenham hauled down 12 rebounds and also had six assists while Jenna Button and Gates each had two steals. Olivia Wilson had three blocks.

The Gryphs actually trailed by 10 points early in the second quarter, but they turned that around and went ahead for good when Vujadinovic sank a pair of free throws just over two minutes into the third quarter that were part of a 24-4 run. The locals also had a 16-2 run to start the fourth quarter.

Guelph is third in the West Division with a perfect 4-0 record and have played fewer games than the teams they trail, the Western Mustangs and Windsor Lancers who are both at 5-1.

The wins for the Gryphs have been over the fifth-ranked Queen’s Gaels (5-1), York Lions (2-3), Brock Badgers (4-1) and 12th-ranked McMaster (3-2).

The unranked Gryphs have a tough weekend at home next weekend as they’re to host the second-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-1) Friday at 6 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre and the fourth-ranked Carleton Ravens (3-1) Sunday at 6 p.m.


Gryphons 92 Marauders 60
Guelph       15-22-28-27–92
McMaster     19-22-13-6–60
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