McMaster’s basketball teams headed out on the road for a pair of contests to close out the fall portion of their conference schedule.

The two-day Northern Ontario road trip started with a stop in Sudbury to take on the Laurentian Voyageurs.

Mac’s women were up first on Friday night. They would use a 28-point third quarter, 10 of which came from Christina Buttenham, to help them to a 70-57 victory.

The Marauders started off slow in opening 10 minutes as the Voyageurs built up a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes. However, over the final six minutes of the first quarter, McMaster went on a 16-2 run to give them an 18-12 lead at the end of the quarter.

Scoring was tough to come by in the second quarter for both teams as both teams combined to shoot just 25 percent from the field, posting 10 points each in the frame.

While scoring was at a premium in the second, the third saw the McMaster explode, hitting 38.5 percent of their shots and seven of eight free throws from the charity stripe. Laurentian scored six of the first eight points of the quarter to get within a point, but it would be as close as they would get in the game.

After trading baskets, and the Voyageurs within a point again with 6:16 remaining in the third, the lady Marauders went on a run similar to the one they had to close out the first quarter, this time going on a 20-3 run. That gave them a 56-37 lead headed into the final 10 minutes of the game.

From there the game was never really in doubt. Jenna Button would make a layup 16 seconds into the quarter to make it a 20-point lead. Had the Marauders not scored another point the rest of the way and just played defense, they still would have hung onto their lead. However, they put up a total of 14 points in the frame while Laurentian put up 19 to finish the game 70-57 for the team wearing maroon.

Olivia Wilson led all scorers with 19 points, converting nine of 16 shots from the field and making one of two free throws while collecting eight rebounds. Buttenham and Sarah Gates would also find themselves with double digit points, finishing the game with 13 points each.

The win gives McMaster a 5-2 record on the year which keeps them in a tie for second place along with York, who has played two more games than the Marauders, and four points back of first place Brock in the OUA Central.

In the men’s game, Jordan Henry would once again lead his team in points with 22, but it wasn’t enough as Laurentian topped the Marauders 97-85.

McMaster found themselves battling for points while getting into foul trouble in the second half, collecting 16 personal fouls, including a technical foul in the third quarter.

The Marauders started the game with an 8-0 run with Henry posting four of the points over the first 2:22 of the quarter. The visitors would build up their lead to 12 points with just over four minutes to go in the opening quarter before Laurentian started to chip away at the lead.

The Voyageurs would closeout the first on an 11-2 run, but McMaster held a 19-16 lead.

Laurentian tied it up at 19 on a Haroun Mohamed three point shot seconds into the second quarter. They briefly took the lead on a free throw shot before Damiann Prehay regained it for Mac with a layup. However, from there it just snowballed for the home team who posted 29 points in the second quarter to the Marauders 16 for a 45-35 lead at halftime.

Following the break, the men in maroon started to chip away at the lead and after a Sefa Otchere three-ball it was a four-point game. By the end of the quarter, though, Laurentian and regained their lead and added to it, taking a 69-56 score to the fourth quarter.

Both teams would explode with the offense in the final 10 minutes as they combined for 57 points. With just over two minutes left in the game, Laurentian held a 91-79 lead but the Marauders started to make it interesting. Henry would put up six points on the board, four of which came from the charity stripe, to get it within six points.

Joseph Hlady then put the dagger in to any hope of a Marauder comeback with a three pointer.

While Henry led the team in scoring, not far behind was Connor Gilmore who had 17 points and eight rebounds. Joining them in double digit points were Tristan Lindo, Otchere and Prehay who all finished the game with 10 points.

With the loss, the Mac men’s record falls to 5-2 on the year which keeps them in second place, tied with the Brock Badgers who have played one more game. The Marauders trail Lakehead, who holds the lead in the OUA Central, by just two points but have two games in hand.

The weekend road trip concludes on Saturday in North bay when the Marauders take to the court against the Nipissing Lakers with the women kicking off the action at 6PM and the men following shortly after.