THUNDER BAY, Ont. (January 31, 2015) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team saw their twelve-game win streak come to an end in a 73-59 loss to the No. 9 Lakehead Thunderwolves on Saturday night.
The No. 5 Golden Hawks started off the game behind and had to play keep-up with the Thunderwolves, but kept within reach and ended the first quarter behind only 24-20.
Thunderwolves’ guard Jylisa Williams was unstoppable, however, and she continued to hit basket after basket to furthuer her team's lead. The fifth year Atlanta, Georgia, native put up 22 points for her team in the first half alone.
Going into the second half behind 42-34, the Hawks continued to struggle to put together good offensive momentum and the No. 5 team showed their frustration as they sent the Thunderwolves repeatedly to the line for free throws.
Despite some consistent play throughout the game from Hawk centre Whitney Ellenor (Pickering, Ont.) and guard NICOLE MORRISON (Hamilton, Ont.), the Hawks could not improve their play over the final two quarters and lost the 73-59 decision to Lakehead.
Ellenor finished with a team-high 14 points, nine rebounds and four bocks. Morrison added 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
For Lakehead, Wiliams notched a game-high 36 points and 16 rebounds. The Thunderwolves also found success at the free throw line, hitting on nearly 74 percent of their attempts (17 of 23) compared to the Hawks’ 50 percent (9 of 18).
The loss ended a twelve-game win streak for the Golden Hawks and puts them at 12-2 on the season. The Hawks look to get back in the winning column when they return home next weekend for a couple of games against the Algoma Thunderbirds on February 6th and 7th at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.