Laurier: 66 Lakehead: 51
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WATERLOO, Ont. (January 13, 2012) - Felicia Mazerolle
of Elliot Lake, Ont., poured in 18 points while Doreen Bonsu
of Oakville, Ont., had her second double-double of the season as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (8-3) defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves (6-5) by a score of 66-51 Friday night.
The win is the Hawks fourth in a row and helps them keep pace with the Brock Badger and the Windsor Lancers, who both lead the OUA West with a record of 10-2.
Both teams started the game off slow but the Hawks managed to grab an 11-10 lead after the opening quarter. While the game remained close through the second quarter, the purple and gold were able to stretch their lead to six and take a 31-25 advantage into the half.
After the Thunderwolves erased the Laurier lead just a minute into the third quarter, the Hawks responded and increased their lead to 10 after 30 minutes. Lakehead would get no closer in the fourth as the Hawks tough defence frustrated the Thunderwolves shooters and helped them earn the 66-51 victory.
Mazerolle, who led all scorers with 18 points despite shooting just 5-of-16 from the floor, managed to make all eight of her free throws in the contest. The Hawks free throw shooting proved to be a key factor in the victory as they finished 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) from the charity stripe while the Thunderwolves were just 5-of-7 (71.4 percent).
"She's [Mazerolle] a tough person to play against if youre the opposing point guard because you dont know what to expect," said Laurier Head Coach PAUL FALCO
of his second year guard. "She's so quick and she moves her feet so well. She can be in one place and be in a totally different place one second later."
As for Bonsu, she contributed 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Kimberley Yeldon
of Ottawa, also finished in double digits with 16 points.
Lindsay Druery of Smithville, Ont., was the Thunderwolves top player in the game with 15 points and nine rebounds.
"Lakehead is the best team at playing back-to-backs because they do it every weekend," continued Falco. "It's going to be interesting to see how we do because were young and we haven't been through that a lot. If we can win this one [Saturday's game], it gives us some separation from them and keeps us in touch with the two teams ahead of us."
These two teams will square off once again tomorrow evening in the second half of the weekend doubleheader. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.