McMaster concluded their two-game road trip on Saturday by picking up a pair of victories over Nipissing.

The Marauders women’s basketball team picked up their sixth victory of the season, defeating the Nipissing Lakers 74-48.

McMaster was led by Christina Buttenham who had 24 points in the contest, converting 10 of 13 shots from the field. Sarah Gates also hit double digits, picking up 15 points.

Through the opening 10 minutes of play there wasn’t much separating the Marauders and Lakers who ended the first quarter tied at 15. However, it was all McMaster in the second quarter.

The Marauders would score eight points to take a 23-15 lead, forcing the Lakers to take a timeout, but it did little to stop the Mac attack who continued to score at will. In all, the Marauders would put up 24 points in the quarter while Nipissing scored just four. A third of the points for McMaster in the quarter came from Buttenham as she helped to stake her team to a 39-19 lead at halftime.

In the third, the Lakers would cut into the Mac lead, getting the lead down to 14 by the midway points of the quarter. But the Marauders went on an 11-4 run to get their lead back over 20 as they headed into the final 10 minutes.

It was all academic from there as the Marauders added another three points to their lead by the final horn.

The victory keeps the McMaster in a tie for second place in the OUA Central division with the Ryerson Rams who have an identical 6-2 record.

Four different Marauders scored 15 or more points on Saturday night as they defeated the Nipissing Lakers on the road in the men’s action.

Of the 90-points McMaster put on the scoreboard, five of the men in maroon scored 75 of them with Damiann Prehay putting 17 points by his name on the scoresheet, coming off the bench to play 23 minutes.

The Marauders jumped out to the early lead in the opening quarter with Jordan Henry scoring four of the first nine points for the visitors. However, Nipissing started to find their range and took the lead with 5:06 left in the quarter on a Quintin Ashitei shot from behind the arc.

Tristan Lindo would later tie it up with a three ball of his own which was followed up moments later by a Brandon Bernard three to take a 15-12 lead. From there the Marauders would go on an 11-4 run to close out the quarter for a 26-16 lead.

Early in the second quarter the Lakers would close the gap to just five points, but Mac responded with the next six points to regain and extend their lead to 11 points to a free throw by Prehay and Sefa Otchere nailing a three and a jump shot for two.

By time the horn went to end the first half, the Marauders led 48-38.

As the third quarter started, the teams traded buckets with neither going on a run. After Josh Nardini gave the Marauders a 14-point lead at the halfway mark of the quarter, Nipissing went on a 10-2 run to get within six points. But at the end of the quarter Mac held a nine-point lead.

While McMaster would hold on to their lead throughout the third quarter, Nipissing would cut into the lead to make it a close finish.

As the teams were closing in on the 3:30 mark of the quarter, Nipissing would tie the game at 79. They would go back and forth in taking the lead. But with 14 seconds remaining, Henry connected with a shot from the charity stripe for a three-point lead and then seconds later Otchere hit one of two shots from the free throw line to put the game away.

Prehay may have led the scoring for the Marauders on the night, but three others were right behind him with Connor Gilmore posting 16 points and Lindo and Henry scoring 15 points each. Otchere would also hit the double-digit point mark with 12.

On the boards, Kwasi Adu-Poku had a team high 12 rebounds, eight of them coming offensively.

With the victory, the Marauders move to 6-2 on the season and sit in second place in the OUA Central division.

The teams return to Burridge Gymnasium on Friday, November 29th when they host the Brock Badgers for the final home games before the winter break. All the action tips off at 6:00 PM.