Laurier: 62 Western: 70
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WATERLOO, Ont. - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks knew they were headed for a battle with the No. 3 nationally ranked Western Mustangs, and they got one. Western came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, and came away with a 70-62 victory.
The first quarter saw the Golden Hawks start slowly, hitting only 18 points while the Mustangs exploded for 26. Laurier found their game in the second quarter, battling back to narrow the Mustang lead to 38-35 for the half. However, Western came out in the second frame and stretched their lead thanks to a 21-13 quarter. Laurier outscored Western 14-11 in the final frame, but it wasn't enough, as the Mustangs held on for the 70-62 win.
Western shot unbelievably well from the field and can attribute their win to shooting 52.9-percent to Laurier's 33.9-percent. The Hawks were able to keep it close, thanks in large part to an interior game that saw them out rebound Western 40-22.
(Greensville, Ont.) led the Hawks with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Megan Grant
(Thunder Bay, Ont.) scored 12 points and pulled in eight boards. Felicia Mazerolle
(Elliot Lake, Ont.) had a strong performance as well, scoring 13.
Jacklyn Selfe (Burlington, Ont.) was 8-for-10 from the field and led Western with 20 points.
Coach PAUL FALCO
acknowledged his team's effort and looked forward to the Wednesday rematch between the two teams saying "I think we have to do a better job at the start of the first and second halves. We gave up a lot of easy baskets, and need to take better care of the ball offensively. We gave them a lot of transition baskets because of turnovers. We have lots to work on, but I’m confident that we can come back Wednesday and have a better effort."
Laurier (10-4) will look to avenge their loss on Wednesday against the same Western (12-2) squad.