SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (November 14, 2015) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team nearly doubled-up the Algoma Thunderbirds in their first of two meetings scheduled for this weekend.
Following two losses to start their 2015-16 season, the Golden Hawks took their chance to strut their basketball prowess and earned a 71-36 victory over a young Thunderbird team.
The Hawks took off right from the opening quarter, dumping in 19 points and leaving Algoma (0-3) with a ten-point gap to recover from after the first ten minutes of play.
Laurier's offensive onslaught continued in the second with strong ball control led by NICOLE MORRISON (Hamilton, Ont.) while the Thunderbirds offensive struggles continued as they were limited to only four points in the entire quarter.
By the halfway point, the Hawks were up 32-13, and Morrison was leading the Hawks with nine points and six rebounds.
The second half would prove to be no more favourable for the Thunderbirds as the Hawks maintained their pace to keep an increasingly unrecoverable gap between the two teams on the scoreboard.
Algoma finally gained some confidence in the final quarter and managed to notch 14 points, the best quarter for the home team in the game, but it wouldn’t be enough to stage a comeback.
The Hawks claimed the 71-36 victory to move 1-2 on the season. Kaitlyn Schenck (Kitchener, Ont.) finished with a team-high 14 points, five rebounds, and an assist, while Morrison finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Laura Meadows (Woodstock, Ont.) led the way for the Algoma Thunderbirds as she earned 12 points and three rebounds in the contest.
Laurier will take on Algoma again Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game can be viewed on OUA.tv.