WATERLOO, Ont. (February 27, 2017) - Men’s basketball guard Tevaun Kokko
of Markham, Ont., and women's basketball guard Nicole Morrison
from Hamilton, Ont., have been named the Laurier Hawk Shop Athletes of the Week for the week ending February 26, 2017.
Kokko, a first year guard, led the purple and gold in scoring throughout the majority of the regular season, and made no exception during Laurier’s first round playoff matchup against the Laurentian Voyageurs last Wednesday night. Faced with a double-digit deficit throughout most of the opening half, the Arts major played the entire fourth quarter and rallied to earn 17 points after halftime. The rookie led the team’s offence and finished the game with a team-high 24 points, where he went 9-for-20 in shooting from the field and 3-for-6 from the three-point range. Despite suffering an 88-72 loss to the Voyageurs that brought Laurier’s season to an end, the first year stunned the crowds throughout the year by averaging 19.2 points per game, ending the regular season tied for fourth in points in the OUA.
This is Kokko's third time earning Male Athlete of the Week Honours.
Equal to her regular season play, Morrison was a powerhouse during Laurier’s OUA playoff run this past week. When the Golden Hawks took on the Toronto Varsity Blues on Wednesday night in the first round of OUA playoffs, Morrison went 6-for-18 in shooting to secure 16 points, helping the team set a new record for most points in a playoff game, in their 86-74 win. The veteran also added four rebounds and four assists to lead the team to the OUA Quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals, despite the Hawks’ 68-51 loss against the nationally-ranked Carleton Ravens, Morrison earned a team-high 17 points in addition to seven rebounds and three assists. Throughout Laurier’s 1-1 record this week, the Communications major averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. As the women’s basketball season has come to a close, Morrison ended the year averaging 14.9 points per game, good enough for sixth in the OUA.
This is Morrison's sixth time earning Female Athlete of the Week Honours.