WATERLOO, ONT - In a battle of unbeaten teams Laurier came out on top, beating the previously undefeated Ottawa Gee-Gees 57-38. The victory was a great end to an even better weekend for the Hawks, as they defeated both eastern-division opponents, Carleton and Ottawa.
Laurier didn’t trail at any point throughout the game, as they grabbed the lead early in the first quarter. The Hawks were up by 12 at half, and that’s when they turned to their defence to cement the victory. After allowing only 23 points in the first half, Laurier held Ottawa to just 15 points in the second. The Golden Hawks dominated in the paint, turning their 17 offensive rebounds into 19 second chance points. Laurier out-rebounded Ottawa 51 to 29. They also received a lot of support from the bench, who scored 18 points in the game. The defence held Ottawa to just 27% shooting from the field, while they shot 40%.
"It was a really good weekend for us, we played two really tough teams," commented a proud head coach PAUL FALCO at the end of the weekend. "I’m proud of all the girls. We got great contribution from Megan Grant, who played tough defence in the paint against some really good opposing players. Renata Adamczyk has been a leader for us all year, and she stepped up when we needed her today and last night."
Renata Adamczyk (Greensville, Ont.) led the Golden Hawks with 12 points. Felicia Mazerolle (Elliot Lake, Ont.) added nine points as well. Megan Grant (Thunder Bay, Ont.) and Kimberley Yeldon (Ottawa, Ont.) both had huge games in the paint, pulling down 12 and 13 rebounds respectively.
Ottawa had a huge game from Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) whose 18 points almost accounted for half of her teams points. Rookies Kim Cupid (Toronto, Ont.) and Tatiana Hanlan (Gatineau, Que.) both added 6 points.
Wilfrid Laurier (4-0) looks to continue its success against Laurentian next Friday in Sudbury. Ottawa (3-1) looks to rebound against Windsor next Friday.