McMaster’s basketball teams hit the road for the first time in the 2018-19 OUA season and came away with victories.

While they were playing in a different gym, both teams got the same results, a win to remain undefeated early in the season.

After an opening weekend where Hilary Hanaka shone bright, Linneaea Harper wanted to remind fans that she was still there. And she did so in a big way, scoring 26 points and pulling down ten rebounds for the U Sports third ranked Marauders in an 81-62 romp over the Brock Badgers in St. Catharines.

Forward Christina Buttenham was the only other Marauder who would put-up double-digit points in the game, scoring ten points.

Brock had the first lead of the game with the game’s opening bucked 1:48 into the opening quarter, but that was their only lead of the night. McMaster went on to outscore the host club 26-13 in the quarter and ran away with the game from there.

While there weren’t too many bright spots on the night for the Badgers, Courtney McPherson would haul in 16 rebounds, 12 of which were offensive, while Melissa Tatti scored 15 points and Kristin Gallant was just one point back of her teammate.

So far this season, the lady Marauders have dominated their opponents, outscoring them by an average of 23 points.

For the men, they used a 27-point first quarter to pick up a win over Brock. However, even though it was an 18-point lead after the opening quarter, McMaster did let the Badgers back into before holding on for a 79-73 victory.

After going on a 7-0 run to open the game, the Marauders were on cruise control and by the five-minute mark of the first quarter, each starter for Mac had posted a point for an 11-5 lead. That lead would continue to grow throughout the first half with the Marauders taking a 39-26 lead to the dressing room at the break.

When the teams returned to the court for the second half it looked like a different Brock team. In the first half they just shot at 28.6% of their shots but would make 45.7% of their shots in the second half, scoring a total of 37 points. They would outscore the Marauders in the second half by seven points.

However, with five Marauders reaching double digits in the game, there wasn’t much doubt about the victory, even with Brock coming on late in the game.

Connor Gilmore led all the Marauders with 18 points and 12 rebound in the game while David McCulloch posted 13, Kwasi Adu-Poku came off the bench to score 12, Jordan Henry adding 11 and Matt Quiring adding ten.

For Brock, Cassidy Ryan would make eight of his 19 shots and added four free throws for 20 points in the game. Tyler Brown (13), Danie Cayer (12) and Johneil Simpson (10) all reached double digits. However, what likely costed the Badgers on the night was that they could not convert from beyond the arc. They would make just two of their 18 shots from three-point range.

With the wins, both the women and men move to 3-0 on the season and get the rest of the weekend off from game action. They will hit the court once again next weekend for a pair of road games with the first coming on Friday November 9 when they are in North Bay to take on the Nipissing Lakers. The following night they will play the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury.