KINGSTON, Ont. (November 17, 2014) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team won a see-saw affair with the No. 8 Queen's Gaels as the pulled off a last-second 56-53 upset victory on Saturday night.
The Gaels (1-2) jumped ahead early, gaining a seven point lead half way through the first quarter. The Hawks rallied back to meet the Gaels, however, and the teams would end the quarter at 15-all following a last second jump-shot from NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton.
The Hawks continued to play a tenacious game in the second. Morrison maintained her performance, putting up nine points throughout the half in order to keep pace with the Gaels. Jenny Wright (Kingston, Ont.) was the only player to break double digits by the end of the first half as the fourth year forward put up 10 points to hold the game at a 25-25 tie.
The Hawks struggled to generate offence in the third as they worked to keep the Gaels within reach. With a three-point lead for the Gaels going into the final quarter, fourth year centre Whitney Ellenor of Pickering, Ont., made her presence felt. While Ellenor put up 13 points for the Hawks in the second half, Wright put up another 10 for the Gaels, and the game was tied again with 51 apiece with a minute left.
In what turned into a battle of free-throws as fouls were drawn in the attempts to snatch a last-minute win, it was Laurier who would come out on top with a 56-53 victory. Ellenor led the Hawks scoring efforts with 15 total points and seven rebounds, and Morrison followed with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Jenny Wight finished with a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Gaels.
The thrilling victory puts the Hawks at 3-1 on the season as the team returns home with hopes of extending their win streak when they play Carleton on November 21 in the Athletic Complex Gym. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.