Laurier: 73 Carleton: 67
OTTAWA (December 3, 2011) - Felicia Mazerolle
of Elliot Lake, Ont., and Shelby Kurt
of Waterloo, Ont., provided a spark off the bench Saturday night to help the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (5-3) defeat the No. 2 Carleton Ravens (5-3) by a score of 73-67 on Saturday night.
After falling behind 19-11 after the opening quarter, the Hawks were a completely different team in the second quarter as they outscored the Ravens on their home court 25-12 to take a 36-31 lead at halftime. Laurier carried that momentum through the rest of the contest, holding off a very strong Ravens squad to earn a split of their weekend road trip to the nations capital.
The purple and gold, who shot a blistering 54.8 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from three point range, were led offensively by Mazerolle and Kurt who both had career-best performances on the night. Mazerolle dropped a career-high 21 points while contributing six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
"Felicia had a great weekend for us," commented Head Coach PAUL FALCO
of his guard's play. "Offensively, her choices were much better and she distributed the ball very well. She was also able to knock down key shots while playing aggressive defence against some top guards."
As for Kurt, she finished as the games leading scorer, pouring in a career-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds.
"It was nice to see Shelby break out as she has had some tough luck lately," said Falco. "She has continued to improve her defence and rebounding and she gave us an offensive boost that helped us gap Carleton tonight."
Other Hawks contributing to the win included Christa Mancino
of Port Colborne, Ont., and Doreen Bonsu
of Oakville, Ont. Mancino finished the game with a season-high three blocks while chipping in with nine points and Bonsu had a game-high eight rebounds.
Carleton had four players finish in double-digits for scoring on the night but were held to just 37 percent shooting from the field. Alyson Bush of Ottawa, finished as the Ravens top scorer with 15 points.
With the win, the Hawks take over sole possession of third place in the OUA West division following this years crossover games. Laurier trails only the Brock Badgers (8-0) and the Windsor Lancers (6-2) in the standings heading into 2012.
The next action for the Hawks will be over the holiday break when the travel to Montreal to compete in a tournament hosted by the UQAM Citadins. Laurier will resume their OUA schedule on January 4 when they host their cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors, at the Athletic Complex.