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Strong defensive effort leads Hawks past Vees
Laurier: 57 Laurentian: 33

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WATERLOO, Ont. (November 25, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team improved their record to 4-1 as they defeated the Laurentian Lady Vees by a score of 57-33 on Friday night at the Athletic Complex.

The 33 points allowed by Laurier is the second fewest by an opponent on record. Last season, the Hawks established a new team record when they allowed just 19 points against the Waterloo Warriors.

In what was a defensive struggle throughout, the Hawks fell behind early before going on a 7-0 run to close the first quarter as they led 11-8 after one. Laurier continued to hold the Lady Vees off the scoreboard, limiting them to just six points in the second quarter as they took a 25-14 lead into the break.

After the Hawks led by as many as 25 points in the third, Laurentian staged a comeback late in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 12 but Laurier would control the contest throughout the fourth quarter as the team picked up its third straight victory.

"Overall it was a good defensive effort tonight," said Head Coach PAUL FALCO following the game. "We were able to contest most shots and except for a few breakdowns, we controlled our own glass."

Three members of the purple and gold finished the contest with a game-high 11 points, including Felicia Mazerolle of Elliot Lake, Ont., Doreen Bonsu of Oakville, Ont., and Christa Mancino of Port Colborne, Ont. Mazerolle was also able to get the ball into the hands of her teammates, dishing out six assists on the night.

Hawks forward Kimberley Yeldon of Ottawa, made her presence felt all over the floor, scoring eight points, pulling down 11 rebounds and while setting a number of hard screens.

"Kim was a force in the paint all night," said Falco of Yeldon's play. "She gave us some solid interior defense and her rebounding was outstanding."

Laurentian's top scorer was Mary Scott of Ottawa, who had nine points.

The Hawks finished the game shooting only 35 percent from the floor but were able to limit the Voyageurs to just 11 field goals on 25.6 percent shooting.

Laurier will now prepare to face the York Lions tomorrow afternoon at the Athletic Complex. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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