LONDON, Ont. (February 18, 2015) – The No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team won their fifth game in a row on Wednesday night as they rallied to defeat the Western Mustangs 76-55.
The victory was highlighted by an incredible fourth quarter by the purple and gold. Tied at 47 heading in to the final 10 minutes, Laurier (17-2) outscored the Mustangs (6-13) 29-8 to pick up the win. Shining on the court for the Hawks were centre Whitney Ellenor of Pickering, Ont., and guard NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton, who together recorded 48 points to seal the victory.
Ellenor registered a new career high for points in a game as she finished the contest with 25 points and 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Morrison also earned a career high for points in a game with the 23 she put on the board for the Hawks tonight.
The game started with a close first quarter as neither Laurier or Western could stake out a clear lead. The quarter ended with a 16-15 lead for the Hawks and strong defensive action from the hometown Mustangs.
Going into the second quarter, the London team took control of the boards in order to limit the Golden Hawks’ scoring opportunities and found success. The game turned in the Mustangs favour as they took a 33-28 lead at the half.
In the second half Ellenor came out with explosive force to pull the Hawks back into a winning position; by the end of the third quarter the teams were tied at 47, and by the end of the fourth the Hawks claimed the 76-55 victory.
Ellenor was able to earn an outstanding 18 points and 10 rebounds in the second half of the game alone and finished the game with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals. Morrison finished the game with 23 points and four rebounds.
Leading the way for the Mustangs (6-13) was guard Mackenzie Puklicz. The second year guard from London, Ont., recorded a team-high 15 points and three rebounds on the night.
The win sets up what promises to be a fantastic finish to the season for the sixth-ranked Hawks as they host the No. 1 Windsor Lancers (18-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Athletic Complex. The winner of Saturday's game will head into the playoffs as the top seed in the conference and have the inside track on hosting the OUA Final Four tournament set for March 6 and 7.
Tickets for Saturday's game are just $1 for all fans while children under 12 are free. Tipoff between the Hawks and Lancers is set for 1 p.m.