WATERLOO, Ont. (February 17, 2015) - Welcome to the 20th edition of This Week in Laurier Athletics for the 2014-15 season. In this week’s edition, we get you set for the OUA Quarter-finals in women’s hockey while the basketball teams close out their regular season at home on Saturday.
The two top teams in OUA Women’s Basketball will close out the regular season at the Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon with the potential for first place in the conference on the line.
Heading into the final week of the regular season, the No. 6 Golden Hawks and the No. 1 Lancers have gone toe-to-toe all year long in the OUA West division. Windsor owns a 17-1 record, best in the league, while the Golden Hawks sit just one game back with a 16-2 mark. If both teams are able to pick up another win on Wednesday night, Saturday’s game between the two division rivals will be for first place overall in the OUA.
Saturday’s game will be the second meeting this season as Laurier previously travelled down to Windsor back in January and earned national attention with their 60-53 win over the top-ranked Lancers. On the strength of big performances from Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., and NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton, the purple and gold handed Windsor their first loss at home since 2010 and snapped a 17-game losing streak to the Lancers which dated back to 2007.
If the Hawks are to earn another win over their division rivals this season, they will need to shut down guard Korissa Williams of Windsor, Ont. Averaging nearly 19 points per game, she is the cog that runs Windsor’s top-ranked offence, which averages over 80 points per game.
Laurier will look to their own fifth year scoring leader as Whitney Ellenor of Pickering, Ont., currently ranks in the Top 10 in the conference in both scoring and rebounding. She also is a key anchor of the Hawks third-ranked defence as she leads the conference in blocks with 37 this season.
Tickets for Saturday’s regular season finale can be purchased online at tickets.laurierathletics.com or purchased at the Hawk Desk in the Athletic Complex on game day.
Curling at OUA Championships, hosted at Guelph Curling Club (Thursday, February 19 - Monday, February 23)
Quick Hits - The Laurier men’s and women’s varsity teams head to Guelph to represent the Golden Hawks at the 2015 OUA Championships…the Golden Hawk women enter the championships as the defending gold medalists while the men took home silver a year ago…both Laurier teams will enter as contenders after terrific seasons on both the OUA circuit and with their their respective club teams…five Golden Hawks across both teams competed at either senior or junior provincial championships with women’s lead Chelsea Brandwood of Beamsville, Ont., advancing to the junior national championship where she eventual won a silver medal representing Ontario
Swimming at CIS Championships, hosted by Victoria (Thursday, February 19 - Saturday, February 21)
Quick Hits - The Golden Hawks will be represented by second year backstroke specialist Katie Vanderbeek of Hamilton, at this year’s CIS Championships hosted by the Victoria Vikes…Vanderbeek is coming off a strong showing at the OUA Championships in Ottawa where she just missed out on the podium in all three backstroke distances…last year, competing at her first CIS Championships, Vanderbeek finished seventh in the 50m, 11th in the 200m and 17th in the 100m backstroke races
Women’s Hockey vs Queen’s, OUA Quarter-finals - Game 1 (Thursday, February 19 - 7:30 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Laurier and Queen’s renew the best rivalry in OUA women’s hockey beginning on Thursday in Game 1 of the OUA Quarter-finals…this will be the fourth playoff meeting in the last seven years between the two teams with Laurier having won two of the previous three best-of-three series…last year, the Hawks and Gaels met for the OUA Championship with Laurier rallying to win Games 2 and 3 2-0 in capture their ninth title in the last 11 years…Laurier and Queen’s have met on three occasions this year with the Gaels winning each matchup, including a 5-4 overtime win in Waterloo
Women’s Hockey at Queen’s, OUA Quarter-finals - Game 2 (Saturday, February 21 - 7:30 p.m.)
Women’s Hockey at Queen’s, OUA Quarter-finals - Game 3 *If Necessary (Sunday, February 22 - 2:30 p.m.)
HOME SWEET HOME
Men’s Basketball vs Windsor (Saturday, February 21 - 3 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Laurier closes out the regular season on home court as they take on the No. 5 Windsor Lancers…the Hawks will be looking to duplicate their effort from earlier this season when they gave the Lancers a scare in their home building, nearly rallying from a 20-point halftime deficit losing 94-87…Luke Allin of Chatham, Ont., had a strong performance in that contest as he dropped 12 points and pulled down five rebounds
Women’s Basketball at Western (Wednesday, February 18 - 6 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Laurier and Western meet for the second and final time this season as the Hawks close out their regular season road schedule in London…the purple and gold have won three of their last four regular season meetings with the Mustangs, including a 75-49 win on home court back in January…Whitney Ellenor of Pickering, Ont., was a force for the Hawks in that victory as she recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds in the win
Men’s Basketball at Western (Wednesday, February 18 - 8 p.m.)
Quick Hits - After clinching a playoff spot on Saturday, the Hawks will be hoping to build some momentum heading into the postseason when they face Western on Wednesday night…Laurier will be looking to avenge a narrow 75-69 defeat at the hands of the Mustangs earlier this season…after being rested in Saturday’s win over Nipissing, look for Will Coulthard of Oakville, Ont., to come out refreshed against the rival Mustangs
Indoor Middle Distance at Guelph Last Chance Meet (Saturday, February 21)
Quick Hits - The Hawks will compete in their final meet before the OUA Championships on Saturday in Guelph…Laurier has been having a very strong season so far, posting some impressive results in their previous two meets…Adam Cornwall of St. Mary’s, Ont., and Elliot De Lange of London, Ont., have been leading the way for the purple and gold as each as already won a race this season