WATERLOO, Ont. (November 29, 2015) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team were unable to close out the Fall portion of their schedule with a victory on Saturday night as they lost 77-65 to the York University Lions at the Athletic Complex.
The Golden Hawks started the game in fine form as they steadily crafted a 10-point lead within the first five minutes of play against the Lions, who then had to work to close the gap to a 16-13 Laurier lead by the end of the quarter.
Something switched on for the visitors from York University for the second quarter, however, and Laurier watched their lead disintegrate into a six-point deficit by half time.
The Lions (2-5) did well at spreading out the ball and taking opportunities on high-percentage shots, earning their 38 points off of the strength of their 45.9 field goal percentage. Second year forward Taylor McAlpine (Huntsville, Ont.) led her team with 10 points by the halfway mark and added six rebounds.
For Laurier it was junior guard NICOLE MORRISON (Hamilton, Ont.) really stepping up as she contributed 12 of the Hawks’ 32 points by the half and added a couple of rebounds. Fifth year guard Courtney Bruce (Orillia, Ont.) was also putting her best foot forward for the purple and gold as she put up nine points and eight rebounds.
The second half revealed no shift in momentum for the Hawks’ favour, and the home team struggled in vain to find their typical tempo on the court. McAlpine was unstoppable against the Hawks defensive efforts and she counted 10 more points in the second half to end the game with an outstanding double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Despite taking the 77-65 loss, Morrison finished the night with a game-high 22 points and added four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Bruce also had a strong night for her personal performance as she recorded a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Golden Hawks (3-4) will return to the court in the new year to take on the Brock Badgers at home. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. on January 16th in the Athletic Complex Gym.