WATERLOO, Ont. (November 27, 2015) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks saw their three-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Queen’s University Gaels on Friday night by a narrow 64-61 game.
It was the first time the two teams had met up since last season’s terrific OUA Quarter-final when the Gaels upset the Hawks in a 85-78 double overtime victory.
It took two minutes before Laurier finally broke the ice and got the first couple of points on the board tonight, but the Gaels were quick to respond and the tone of the game was set: whoever was going to win this game was going to have to earn it.
For the Gaels it was fifth year guard Emily Hazlett (Fredericton, N.S) leading the way throughout the first half of the rhythmic back-and-forth battle between the two teams. Hazlett went 5-for-6 on field goals to single-handedly earn her team 10 points in her 15 minutes on the court.
On the Hawks end it was fourth year guard Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., making good on her shots from the floor, beyond the arc, and at the charity stripe to cash in nine points for the purple and gold by the half.
Going into the second half with a one-point lead held by the Gaels, both teams dug deep in their attempts to outplay the other and widen the gap of the 34-33 game.
Third year guard Abby Dixon (North Vancouver, B.C) and fourth year point guard Robyn Pearson (Toronto, Ont.) put up eight points each in the second half for the Gaels and Pearson added seven rebounds.
Junior guard NICOLE MORRISON (Hamilton) contributed 11 points in the second half for the Hawks while junior forward Alexandra Spadaro (Grimsby, Ont.) worked the boards well to earn seven rebounds in the second half and added a couple points as well.
As neither team was able to edge out their opponent by more than a handful of points, the game’s decision had to be made within the final couple minute of play in which Queen’s was able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities where Laurier could not. The Gaels (5-1) walked away with the 64-61 victory and the Hawks (3-3) were left unsatisfied in their quest for redemption.
While Dixon and Hazlett along with teammate forward Jenny Wright (Kingston, Ont.) and guard Marianne Alarie (Sudbury, Ont.) all finished with 10 points each in the Gael’s victory, it was Pearson earning the spotlight for her team as she finished the game with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Schenck ended the night with a game-high 15 points and adding two rebounds while Morrison finished with 13 points and four rebounds. Alexandra Spadaro earned a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds making this the second consecutive game achieving the statistical feat.
The Golden Hawks look to bounce back when they host the York University Lions on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in the Athletic Complex Gym.