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Bruce, Bonsu lead WBASK past Warriors
Laurier: 76 Waterloo: 52

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WATERLOO, Ont. (January 22, 2014) - Down two of their starting five players, the No. 7 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team didn't miss a beat on Wednesday night as they won their fourth straight game, a 76-52 decision over the Waterloo Warriors.

Playing without starting forwards Whitney Ellenor of Pickering, Ont., and Samantha Jacobs of Enniskillen, Ont., the Hawks outscored their crosstown rivals 26-10 in the third quarter to blow open what was a close game at the half.

Leading the way for the purple and gold were Courtney Bruce of Orillia, Ont., and Doreen Bonsu of Oakville, Ont. Bruce, who played a season-high 21 minutes, finished the game 6-for-12 from the floor for a career-high 13 points. Her previous career-high for points in a game was 12 which came against the same Waterloo Warriors back on February 15, 2012. 

As for Bonsu, the fourth year forward had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in a solid all-around effort.

Three other Hawks also finished in double figures as Laura Doyle of Guelph, Ont., matched Bruce's game-high of 13 points while Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., and Kimberley Yeldon of Ottawa, each had 10. 

Yeldon's strong play was a great sign for head coach PAUL FALCO as his veteran forward put forth her best game of the year as she continues to play her way back into game-shape following a lengthy layoff due to injury.

A key stat in Wednesday's game was the Hawks strong defence which forced the Warriors into 23 turnovers, compared to just 11 for the Hawks. As a team, Laurier shot 42 percent (32-for-76) from the floor while Waterloo shot 38 percent (21-for-55).

With the victory, the Hawks improve to 13-2 on the season and remain in second place in the OUA West division, two games up on the Western Mustangs (11-4).

Laurier will look to extend their winning streak to five games when they take on the Guelph Gryphons (5-10) at the Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
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