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Laurier's women's basketball team competed in Montreal over the exam break.
Laurier's women's basketball team competed in Montreal over the exam break.
Hawks fall short in Montreal Tourney
Laurier: 58 Bishop's: 65
MONTREAL - Wilfrid Laurier's women's basketball team traveled Quebec to take part in a mid-season tournament hosted by the University of Quebec in Montreal.

"It was a good experience for us," said head coach PAUL FALCO. "Each of the three teams' we played were using different styles so it was good preparation for us."

The Hawks lost 65-58 to the Bishop Gaiters in their first game and then lost to the eventual tournament champs UQAM 72-69. In their final match Laurier fell to the Acadia Axemen 72-49.

In the first game Laurier jumped out to a quick lead and was up 28-20 at the half, but the Gaiters capitalized on their opportunities in the second half to earn the win. Both Renata Adamczyk (Greensville, Ont.) and Christa Mancino (Port Colborne, Ont.) chipped in 13 points a-piece in the loss.

“Turnovers really cost us in the first match,” commented Falco. “We were up at the break and just didn’t protect the ball.”

The second game was similar to the first, with the Hawks holding a 40-35 advantage at halftime. Adamczyk had a game high 26 points on the day. The Citadins bench propelled the home team to a win, outscoring the visitors 25-14.

In the final match, Laurier was unable to keep pace with the Axewomen in a 20-11 second quarter that sealed the Hawks fate. Mallory Kohlmeier (Sarnia, Ont.) led the team with 12 points in the loss.

“With two important road games coming up, our short term goal is to get back to .500,” said Falco.

The purple and gold will resume regular season action on Wednesday, January 6th when they travel to Guelph to take on the Gryphons at 6 p.m. in the W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre. Their following game will be against the Western Mustangs in London on Saturday, January 9th at 1 p.m.

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