WATERLOO, Ont. (November 21, 2014) - For the fourth straight game, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team found the win column as they defeated the Carleton Ravens 73-58 at the Athletic Complex on Friday night.
In what was a rematch of last year’s OUA Bronze Medal game, Laurier used a strong second half performance, highlighted by shut-down defence and clutch shooting, to improve their record to 4-1 on the year.
Leading the way for the purple and gold was fifth year forward Whitney Ellenor of Pickering, Ont. The Hawks leading scorer poured in a game-high 18 points and collected five rebounds to lead the offensive attack.
Three other Hawks also finished in double-figures in the contest which showcased the balanced offensive attack the purple and gold possess this season. Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., continued her strong start to the year with 14 points, thanks to a perfect night from the free-throw line, while Sam Jacobs of Enniskillen, Ont., and NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton, chipped in with 12 each.
As for the Ravens, their top performer was Lindsay Shotbolt of Markham, Ont. The third year forward finished the game with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds but despite her strong game, Carleton saw their record fall to 2-3 on the season.
In what was a tightly contested first half, the two teams traded the lead through the first quarter until a 9-0 by the purple and gold gave them a 22-17 edge after 10 minutes. However, Carleton responded with a strong second quarter and cut the lead to two by halftime as they trailed 35-33 going into the break.
The second half though belonged to Laurier. Coming out of the locker room, the Hawks played lockdown defence as they held the Ravens to just 10 points in the quarter and extended their lead to 13 through three quarters. Laurier would continue their strong play in the fourth as they picked up their fourth consecutive win over Carleton.
With four wins on the season, Laurier matches the point total of three other teams for the best record in the conference. Following action on Friday night, the Windsor Lancers own a 4-0 record while the Hawks, McMaster Marauders and Ottawa Gee-Gees are all 4-1.
The Gee-Gees will be the Hawks next test as they come to the Athletic Complex on Saturday night. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. For tickets, visit tickets.laurierathletics.com.