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Laurier downs Western 53-43 in OUA West Semis
Laurier: 53 Western: 43

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London, Ont. (February 22, 2014) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks eliminated the Western Mustangs in the OUA west women's basketball semifinals with a 53-43 final score. 

The win advances them to the west finals, which will be played against the winner of Windsor vs. McMaster being decided Saturday evening. 

Momentum in the game finally moved in the purple-and-golds favour as Bree Chaput of Guelph, Ont. sunk only her second three-point of the season while drawing a foul. 

"I havent shot many threes this year but the ball just came to me and I just felt it," said the 4th year guard. The four-point play with only five minutes left in the game was the end of a 15-0 rally early in the fourth quarter and brought the Hawks out of an eight-point deficit.

Laurier's defence had a solid performance forcing 18 turnovers and picking up 12 steals. The team was able to hold OUA leading scorer Jenny Vaughan of Dundas, Ont. to only five points. 

"The defence has to be our strength," commented head coach PAUL FALCO post game on Western's season low offensive output of 43. "We're not going to outscore teams, so for us we need to lock down on defence and today that was a great team effort."

Defence was critical as the Hawks shot only 23% in the first half of the contest as they trailed at half by eight. The second half however was a story of runs, as both teams went on 9-0 runs in the third.

Samantha Jacobs of Enniskillen, Ont. led Laurier offensively with 13 points in the performance including 11 in the second half.  Laura Doyle of Guelph, Ont. was the only other Hawk in double digits bringing in 10 points. Six players contributed the balance of the scoring as part of the 11 points that came off the bench. 

Melissa Rondinelli led the Mustangs with 17 points in the contest while Kelsey Wright added nine points on three three-pointers early in the game. 

"We have a few fourth years that don't want this to end," said Falco when asked about the fourth quarter push. "They want to take this as far as they can."

Visit laurierathletics.com for more information about the next game for the women's basketball team.


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