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Blues beat Hawks 60-52
Laurier: 52 Toronto: 60

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WATERLOO, Ont. - The No.8 Toronto Varsity Blues rode a big first quarter to victory on Saturday afternoon at Laurier's annual 'Shoot for the Cure' game. The Blues jumped out to an early eight point lead, and the pink-clad Laurier Golden Hawks were never able to catch them. Toronto was led by Nicki Schutz (Toronto, Ont.) who tallied 14 points and 18 rebounds.

Toronto began the game on a 7-0 run to grab an early lead that they would never relinquish. The Blues held a 16-8 lead after one quarter, and it looked as if the Hawks wouldn't be able to keep pace with the fast Toronto side. Both teams struggled offensively in the second quarter, but Laurier was unable to close the gap. Toronto ended the second half with a 25-17 lead. Both teams picked up the offence in the third quarter and Toronto widened their lead to 11 points. Laurier attempted a comeback in the fourth putting up 24 points, which was more then they scored in the entire first half. However, Toronto was able to keep pace with the Hawks, and closed out the game for a 60-52 victory.

Coach PAUL FALCO acknowledged Toronto as a tough opponent "I think we've played four ranked teams this year, and we've had three victories, and today is our first loss. U of T has a great, well-balanced team, and I thought our effort was really good today, we showed that we can play with them. We struggled offensively, and that was the difference, they got it going a bit in the second half, and we never really got it going." He had a positive outlook for the rest of the season "It's still really early in the season; we aren't even halfway through yet. I think we are going to keep growing as a team, and we will be better in January and February."

The Golden Hawks had a big game from rookie Felicia Mazerolle (Elliot Lake, Ont.), who had a career high 19 points. Another rookie, Bree Chaput (Guelph, Ont.), had a good game, scoring 10 points for Laurier. Renata Adamczyk (Greensville, Ont.) had a solid game, scoring eight points, and adding seven rebounds.

Toronto leaned on Nicki Schutz who scored 14 points and added a game-high 18 rebounds. Sherri Pierce (Brampton, Ont.) paced the Blues with 10 points and Erin McNeely (Kingston, Ont.) had 11.

Wilfrid Laurier (6-2) is done for almost a month, as they don't play again until January 5th, 2011 at McMaster. Toronto (7-2) also doesn't play a regular season game until January 7th at Ottawa.
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