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Osei powers WBASK to quarter-final win
Laurier: 62 Brock: 57

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WATERLOO, Ont. (February 19, 2014) - The Wilfrid Laurier women's basketball team opened their 2014 playoff campaign against the Brock Badgers on Wednesday night. Capping off the regular season with third place in the OUA West, the Golden Hawks earned themselves a crucial home-court advantage for their quarterfinal matchup. A solid all-around effort from the Laurier squad helped to lift the Hawks past the Badgers in a 62-57 final. 

Veteran guard Lee Anna Osei of Toronto, Ont. put forth a dominating performance, earning 12 points and 11 rebounds to complete the double-double.  

"They were definitely scrappy," said Osei of the Badgers. "We had beaten Brock two times before this but we know before coming into this that this was anyone's game. That's the type of year that it's been, everyone's lost at least once, and we knew we had to come in and we'd have to dive for the balls." 

Kimberley Yeldon of Ottawa, Ont. was another key player in the Laurier win, contributing a huge six points late in the fourth quarter to help lift the Hawks over the Badgers. 

The Badgers were led by senior forward Nicole Rosenkranz of Niagara Falls, Ont. who dropped a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds to earn the double-double.  

Trailing after the first quarter, the Hawks managed to close the gap in the second frame to knot the game 28-28 going into the second half. 

The Badgers put together a huge 12-point run in the third quarter to take a nine point lead before Laurier eventually burned a timeout in an effort to regroup and slow the surging Badgers.  

Osei converted a pair of free throws and then dropped a spectacular half-court three pointer as the buzzer sounded in the third quarter to pull the Hawks within just four points. 

"There was like five second left and I went 'man, I've got to get my hands on that ball'," commented Osei on her heroics. "And once the ball came into my hands, I just launched it and it went in."

With the season on the line, Yeldon put forth a huge fourth quarter effort, earning six points in the dying minutes of the game to give the Hawks the lead. A combination of solid defence and clutch shooting from the free-throw line helped the Hawks edge the Badgers in a tight 62-57 finish. 

"Kim had a great fourth quarter," said head coach PAUL FALCO on his graduating forward's performance. "Her presence inside makes it tough on the defence. She's a great rebounder and when she has the inside game going, it opens up shots for other people as well. So for her to knock down a bunch of shots in the fourth quarter was a big difference in the game." 

Laurier had four different players earning double digits which proved to be a huge contributing factor to the purple and gold's effort.  

With a tight playoff win under their belt, the Hawks will aim to continue their post-season push against the Western Mustangs in the OUA Semifinals. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at Alumni Hall on Saturday, February 22.
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