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Big first quarter lifts Hawks over Mustangs
Laurier: 68 Western: 59

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WATERLOO, Ont. (January 28, 2012) - On the strength of a 28 point outburst in the opening quarter, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team (11-5) defeated the Western Mustangs (7-9) by a score of 68-59 on Saturday afternoon.

Amber Hillis of Hamilton, and Doreen Bonsu of Oakville, Ont., led the Hawks with 11 points each as they avenged last weekend's three-point defeat to the Mustangs in London, Ont. 

Laurier came out firing in this one, shooting 62 percent from the floor in the opening quarter while limiting the Mustangs offensively as they grabbed a 24-8 lead. Western would cut into the advantage slightly in the second quarter but still trailed 36-23 after 20 minutes of play.

It was much of the same story in the second half as Western slowly climbed back into the contest but a couple of big shots from Felicia Mazerolle of Elliot Lake, Ont., late in the fourth quarter proved to be too much for the Mustangs as the Hawks earned their 11th win of the season.

Hillis and Bonsu sparked the purple and golds offence on this day as Hillis, a fourth year guard, was a perfect 3-of-3 from three point range while Bonsu, playing in her first game back from injury, added eight rebounds to go along with her 11 points. Christa Mancino of Port Colborne, Ont., added 10 points for Laurier.

Laura Dally of Sarnia, Ont., and Katelyn Leddy of London, Ont., led the Mustangs with 16 points each.

"We came out really strong. Our defence was a lot better than it was last week," commented Head Coach PAUL FALCO following the game. "They have a bunch of girls that can knock down shots and I think we did well to keep our poise."

"We came out ready to compete, said Hillis, echoing her coach's sentiments. "Western is a huge rival for us and I think everyone was pretty fired up when were about to play them."

With the victory, combined with a Brock loss, the Hawks move into second place in the OUA West division, six points behind the division-leading Windsor Lancers.

Laurier will have a chance to cut into the Lancers division lead Wednesday night when they take on Windsor. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

NOTES: Hillis' 11 points is a season-high for the fourth year guard and one point off her career-high of 12...the victory snaps Laurier's five game regular season losing streak to the Mustangs that dated back to January 9, 2010...the Hawks 11 wins marks the sixth time in team history that total has been achieved
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