News from the McMaster Marauders’ basketball programs.

A couple months after they took home the OUA conference championship and the U Sports national championship, a pair of lady Marauders are ready to step back onto the hardwood.

U Sports Championship MVP Linnaea Harper and OUA Second Team All-Star Sarah Gates will be headed to North York, along with their head coach Theresa Burns, to play at York’s Tait McKenzie Centre for the OUA All-Star Showcase.

Burns will be coaching against Michele Belanger from the University of Toronto. Belanger coached Burns when she attended the UofT and was a mentor to the Marauders’ long-time bench boss of the women’s program.

The game will conclude a two-day Women & Girls in Leadership and Sports Conference which is being run at York’s campus on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.

Those interested can watch the showcase live on OUA.tv.

2019 OUA All-Star Showcase Rosters
Team Burns

Melissa Tatti, Brock
Alyssa Cerino, Carleton
Burke Bechard, Guelph
Tiffany Reynolds, Lakehead
Jill Condron, Laurier
Linnaea Harper, McMaster
Sarah Gates, McMaster
Angeline Campbell, Nipissing
Marianne Alarie, Queen's
Katrina Collins-Samuels, York

Team Belanger
Nicole Gilmore, Carleton
Nikki Ylagan, Lakehead
Sofia Lluch, Lakehead
Kayla Deschatelets, Laurentian
Cara Tiemens, Ryerson
Jama Bin-Edward, Ryerson
Nada Radonjic, Toronto
Kaitlin Overeem, Waterloo
Tyra Blizzard, Windsor
Lauren Golding, York

On the Men’s side of the hardwood, head coach Patrick Tatham announced the addition of Tyler Murray to the coaching staff as the lead assistant coach.

Murray is a Toronto, Ontario native who attended Eastern Commerce high school where he helped to capture four straight city championships. He then attended Wagner College (NCAA D1) in New York where he was named a Northeast Conference all-star twice, making the first team in 2011 and the second team in 2012. During his senior year (2011-12), Wagner ended the campaign with a program best record of 23-5.

After Murray graduated from Wagner, he went on to a six-year career which included stops in Europe, South America and China, as well as some time in the National Basketball League of Canada. During his professional career he would capture two championships. He then spent a brief period on the staff at the University of Buffalo, which was coached by Bobby Hurley, but returned to the court to play and left the Bulls program.

With the addition of Murray, the average age of the coaching staff will come down as he is just 28 years of age and adds some youth to the staff that can relate to the student-athletes of the Marauders’ basketball program.

Murray will take over the role that was held by Kenold Knight the last two seasons after he accepted two positions as an assistant coach and scouting coordinator with the Hamilton Honey Badgers of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). Knight joins current Marauder Connor Gilmore who will be playing for the Honey Badgers in the league’s inaugural season.