WATERLOO, Ont. (November 4, 2015) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks will have one thing on their mind this year as they enter the 2015-16 OUA season: redemption.
After spending much of last year nationally-ranked, and among the top teams in the province, the Hawks were upset in their first playoff game, a heartbreaking double overtime loss to the Queen’s Gaels. As they get set to open up their season against the Windsor Lancers on November 4, that loss will undoubtedly be fueling them as they look to make a statement in the league once again this year.
To match their success from last season, the Golden Hawks will have to overcome the loss of two key fifth year players from 2014-15, Whitney Ellenor and Lee Anna Osei. Both played important roles for head coach Paul Falco’s team as they were recognized as OUA All-Stars last season.
Looking to pick up the slack left behind by Osei, Ellenor and fourth year guard Sam Jacobs, will be fifth year guard Courtney Bruce of Orillia, Ont., along with Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., and NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton.
Bruce is coming off her best season as a member of the Golden Hawks where she averaged nearly seven points and three rebounds per game. Her veteran expertise and outside shooting ability will be key part of Laurier’s success in 2015-16.
Both Schenck, in her fourth season, and Morrison, in her third season, will be looked upon to provide the majority of Laurier’s scoring punch this year. Morrison is coming off a breakout year for the Hawks as she averaged 12.4 points per game, second on the year, as well as 4.6 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. Schenck finished last season third in team scoring at 10.0 points per game while contributing 2.2 assists per game.
Two names to keep an eye on offensively this year include second year guards Amanda Milanis of Windsor, Ont., and Lauren Jamieson of Oakville, Ont. Both have shown during the preseason that they have the ability to chip in for the Hawks and their progression could be a difference-maker for Laurier this year.
On the interior, Alexandra Spadaro of Grimsby, Ont., Heather Payne of North Bay, Ont., and Melissa Pare of LaSalle, Ont., will be charged with providing Laurier with rebounding ability, defensive presence and giving the Hawks a different look offensively.
The purple and gold tipoff their 2015-16 season on Wednesday night against the reigning CIS Champions, the No. 9 Windsor Lancers, in Windsor. Game time is set for 6 p.m. and the contest can be seen live on OUA.tv.