McMaster’s basketball teams hit the court in Guelph on Friday night, coming away with victories over the Gryphons.

The number four ranked lady Marauders faced a Gryphons squad that had a hot offence. However, McMaster was shooting 50 percent from the field and 51 percent from long range on their way to a 109-80 victory. The win moves the Marauders to 11-2 in OUA play.

Mac was paced by the Hanaka sisters, Hilary and Julia, who combined for 49 points on the night. Hilary made 10 of 16 shots with eight coming from beyond the arc for 28 points. Julia came off the bench and posted 21 points while Christina Buttenham and Sarah Gates each had 19 points.

Trailing 7-3 a couple minutes into the game, the Marauders responded with a 19-5 run over the next four minutes before ending the opening quarter with a ten-point lead. McMaster would continue to build up their lead in the second as Buttenham, Gates and Hilary Hanaka surpassed the double-digit mark in points with 12, 11 and 11 respectively to close out the half.

In the second half it was pretty much the Hanaka show as Hilary and Julia scored 32 of their points. Hilary hit five of six from beyond the arc and added a basket from the field for 17 points while Julia also went five of six from three-point range for all her scoring in the second half.

The 29-point win is the women’s seventh win of the 2018-19 OUA campaign by 20 or more points.

In men’s action, five Marauders would put up double-digit points, including four starters in a 97-80 victory over the Gryphons. The win is the men’s second consecutive to begin the New year to improve to 6-7 on the season.

Leading the way for the men in maroon was Hamilton native David McCulloch who had a 23-point performance, making seven of his 11 attempts from the field, including three from three-point range and hitting six of eight free throws. Connor Gilmore knocked down four of six from downtown, adding four points from the paint and hitting all four shots from the charity stripe for 20 points.

The Marauders kept pace with Guelph in the opening quarter but ended it down by six points. It would be in the second frame where they took control of the game, outscoring the Gryphons 26-12 for a 47-39 lead at the break.

McCulloch poured in 16 of his points in the opening half, hitting six of nine shots from the floor and two of four from long range. It would be those two shots with just under five-minutes to go in the half that propelled McMaster into the lead.

After a strong quarter, the Marauders struggled in the third where they put up 18 points, but they were able to maintain their lead by only allowing 18 points to Guelph. Mac then put the game away, outscoring the home side 32-23 in the final frame.

Also hitting double-digits in the game were Jordan Henry (13), Tristan Lindo (11) and Damiann Prehay (12). Prehay played in just his second game as a Marauder after becoming eligible to compete following the holiday break. He would post 11 of his 12 points during the opening half of the game.

Both Marauders basketball teams will return to Burridge Gym on the McMaster campus on Saturday evening when they host the Laurier Golden Hawks. The women’s game will tip off at 6:00 PM while the men are scheduled to start at 8:00 PM.