WATERLOO, Ont. (January 28, 2015) - The No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team engaged in a defensive battle with the Waterloo Warriors on Wednesday night with the Hawks pulling away late to earn a 60-47 win over their crosstown rivals.
On a night in which neither team shot the ball particularly well, it was the Golden Hawks using their size advantage to win the battle on the boards to help them come away with their 12th straight victory. Laurier outrebounded Waterloo by a whopping 57-38 margin, including 19 offensive rebounds, as the purple and gold ran their record to 12-1 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Warriors fall to 3-11 and have now lost five straight games.
Leading the way for the purple and gold on this night was second year guard NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton. Filling in for starter Lee Anna Osei of Toronto, who was not dressed for this contest, Morrison took advantage of the increased responsibility as she finish the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds to record the first double-double of her career. The 11 rebounds were also a career high, eclipsing her previous best of seven in a game.
Joining Morrison in double figures was Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont. The third year guard scored a game-high 15 points as she scored 10-plus points for the second time in three games.
Also chipping in for Laurier was Whitney Ellenor of Pickering, Ont., who finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds while Sam Jacobs of Enniskillen, Ont., pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds and added seven points.
For the Warriors, Amy Jarvis of Burlington, Ont., led Waterloo’s offensive attach as she finished with 13 points. However, no other Warrior player was able to reach double-figures as Laurier held the Warriors to 30.8 percent shooting on the night.
The Hawks will now take the next couple of days to prepare for one of their toughest tests of the season as they head to Thunder Bay to take on the No. 9 Lakehead Thunderwolves (9-3) on Saturday, January 31. Tipoff will be 6 p.m. and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.