Gryphon women turn on defence to topple McMaster
HAMILTON – The Guelph Gryphons held the McMaster Marauders to 20 points in the second half as they rallied for a 65-54 victory in OUA women’s basketball play at McMaster’s Burridge Gymnasium.
The Gryphs struck for 25 points in the third quarter alone, one point shy of what they had scored in the opening half. McMaster led 19-13 at the end of the first quarter and 34-26 at halftime before the Gryphs surged ahead 51-42 by the end of the third quarter.
A 21-2 run for the locals started late in the second quarter when they swished back-to-back three-pointers and it ended with less than three and a half minutes to go in the third quarter when the hosts sank a free throw.
Renee Armstrong and Hannah Bourdon each had 15 points for the Gryphs while Julia Colavecchia and Trinity Papamandjaris added 11 apiece. Bourdon had 14 rebounds while Papamandjaris had 12 and Colavecchia collected nine. Armstrong and Colavecchia each had three assists while Armstrong had both of Guelph’s blocks. Colavecchia had four steals while Papamandjaris and Alexis Wright had three apiece.
Jenna Button led McMaster with 18 points, nine rebounds and two assists while Cassie Joli-Coeur had 11 points and nine rebounds. Deanna Mataseje and Amy Stinson each had two assists while Emily Frankovic had two blocks.
The Gryphs shot 29 percent on field goals, 21 percent on three-pointers, 61 percent on free throws and had 53 rebounds, 15 assists, 18 turnovers, 28 points off McMaster turnovers, 12 second-chance points, 28 points in the paint and eight points from their bench.
McMaster shot 30 percent on field goals, 12 percent (3 of 26) on three-pointers, 75 percent on free throws and had 40 rebounds, nine assists, 20 turnovers, 13 points off Gryphon turnovers, 10 second-chance points, 24 points in the paint and 13 points from their bench.
The win lifts the Gryphs to 10-5 in league play. They’re to host the Toronto Metropolitan Bold Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
- Guelph Sports Journal