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Chaput propels Hawks past Warriors
Laurier: 71 Waterloo: 55

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WATERLOO, Ont. (January 4, 2012) - On the strength on a career-best performance from Bree Chaput of Guelph, Ont., the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team (6-3) defeated the Waterloo Warriors (1-8) by a score of 71-55 Wednesday night at the Athletic Complex.

Chaput, a second year guard, finished the game with a career-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists in one of her best performances of the year. 

"I thought Bree gave us some good minutes at both ends of the floor," commented Head Coach PAUL FALCO after the game. "She was composed with the ball against constant ball pressure and knocked down some nice shots."

After a slow start to the game, Laurier went on an 11-0 run midway through the opening quarter to set the tone for the first half. The Hawks would continue to make baskets, getting production from the entire lineup as they took a 45-20 lead after two quarters.

The Warriors would claw their way back into the game in the third quarter as Laurier struggled at the offensive end, scoring just six points in the frame. Waterloo would put up 19 of their own as they cut the Hawks lead to 12.

However, Laurier would not allow the Warriors to get much closer, outscoring them 20-16 in the final quarter to take the victory.

"We had moments where we looked very good tonight and moments where we struggled, which is somewhat typical of a young team," said Falco. "When we become more consistent we will become a very good team."

Rookie forward Shelby Kurt of Waterloo, Ont., matched Chaput's output at the offensive end, scoring 13 points thanks to a six-for-seven night from the free throw line. Samantha Jacobs of Enniskillen, Ont., also had a career-best performance, finishing the game with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor.

The Warriors were led by second year guard Laura Burnett of Heidelberg, Ont., who finished with a game-high 14 points.

The Hawks will now prepare to take on the OUA-leading Brock Badgers (9-0) on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the Athletic Complex.
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