Laurier: 64 Guelph: 46
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WATERLOO, Ont. - Coming off a disappointing loss to the Lakehead Thunderwolves to finish last weekend with a 1-1 record, Laurier rebounded with a solid overall team effort to top the Guelph Gryphons 64-46. Laurier returned to their normal defensive play that has helped them stay near the top of the OUA standings all year.
"It was definitely a good team effort, we got some really good play
from our bench, and our starters did what they have done all year, they
battled hard defensively, " said head coach PAUL FALCO
following the game. "We rebounded really well, and we were really
active defensively. It was a good game to bounce back from our loss last
Saturday and sets us up for a big week."
Laurier and Guelph battled for the lead in the first quarter with the Hawks grabbing a slim 16-13 lead towards to end of the quarter, thanks in large part to five points off of free-throws. Both teams had a relatively slow start to the second quarter, but after a Guelph timeout midway through the quarter, Laurier stretched their lead, using Guelph turnovers and Megan Grant
's (Thunder Bay, Ont.) strong play to grab a 10 point lead going into the break. At the start of the second half Laurier looked to be pulling away, as they went on a 5-0 run to start the quarter. However, Guelph was able to battle back outscoring Laurier 10-4 over the remaining quarter. The fourth quarter saw Laurier finish strong, quelling Guelph's attempted comeback with a 22-13 quarter.
Laurier's bench outscored Guelph 20-10, and the Golden Hawks also took advantage of Guelph's turnovers to the tune of 25 points. Laurier was able to overcome its poor 28.6% shooting percentage by out-rebounding Guelph 45-34 and by forcing 29 Gryphon turnovers.Renata Adamczyk
(Greensville, Ont.) led Laurier with a game-high 17 points; she also added seven rebounds and five steals. Megan Grant
continued her strong string of games with an 11 point, 11 rebound performance. Felicia Mazerolle
(Elliot Lake, Ont.) scored seven points and added six steals.
Guelph was led by Alex Yallin (Port Colborne, Ont.) who scored 11 points.
Laurier (10-3) plays a critical game on Saturday against the OUA West leading and No. 3 nationally ranked Western Mustangs (11-2).