WATERLOO, Ont. (November 8, 2014) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team had four players crack double-digits to aid in an 85-63 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday night.
Right from tipoff, the Golden Hawks and Varsity Blues were in high gear, each attempting to earn an early edge in the first quarter. The Hawks were able to generate a five-point gap in the closing minutes of the quarter, but following a three-pointer from fifth year guard Jill Stratton of Etobicoke, Ont., the Blues were able to hold Laurier to a 23-21 lead to end the first quarter.
Going into the second quarter, the Hawks found the momentum to give themselves a seven-point edge. Guard Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., foreshadowed her second outstanding game for the season as she put up 11 points throughout the first half alone. Just behind her was second year guard NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton, Ont., who added nine as the Hawks lead 41-34 at the half.
The momentum generated in the first half was all the Hawks needed. After the break, Laurier displayed their control of the court with a strategic passing game while the Blues continued to ride on the strength of Stratton, who had 26 points for Toronto. However, it wouldn't be enough as the purple and gold came away with their first victory of the season.
Schenck and Morrison, along with teammates Alexandra Spadaro (Grimsby, Ont.) and Whitney Ellenor (Pickering, Ont.) cracked double-digits spurring Laurier to the win. Schenck finished with a team-high 19 points while Morrison had a big night with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Spadaro and Ellenor chipped in with 14 and 12 points respectively.
The Hawks are now 1-1 in regular season play, and will look to add another to the win column when they head to Toronto to take on the York University Lions on November 14. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.