TORONTO - The Wilfrid Laurier's women's basketball team couldn't keep pace with an energized University of Toronto Varsity Blues squad in the second half of the OUA bronze medal game. The Blues outscored the visitors 35-20 in the second half enroute to a 64-54 win.
"I thought they played well defensively in the second half," said head coach PAUL FALCO following the game. "We really struggled offensively and we had a tough time getting good looks."
The Golden Hawks opened the match with a strong road effort, 20-8 in the first quarter. However, the home team outscored the purple and gold in the next three quarters of the match. Renata Adamczyk (Greensville, Ont.) led the Hawks in the second half, scoring 12 of her 16 points in that frame.
Laurier gained the lead early in the first half courtesy of some strong inside play by post Christa Mancino (Port Colbourne, Ont.). She finished the day with 11 points, ten of which were in the first half. Mallory Kohlmeier (Sarnia, Ont.) posted 11 points in the first half with three key three pointers to keep the Hawks in the lead at the break.
"They picked up their defence and out hustled us," said Kohlmeier following the game. The Blues had 16 steals in the game.
Toronto's Nicki Schutz got into foul trouble late in the first half, picking up three fouls and heading to the bench. In the second frame Jill Stratton stepped up her game, hitting the key baskets that put the Blues into the lead for good. Schutz scored 11 points for the Blues, while Stratton scored 15. Stratton also went 7-for-14 from the floor and had nine rebounds.
The Blues outrebounded the Hawks 44-31 with the purple and gold only picking up nine offensive rebounds to the home team's 16.
The Golden Hawks will now advance to the CIS regional qualifiers as the no. four OUA seed. They will travel out West.