TORONTO, Ont. (February 6, 2016) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks put an end to a three-game skid and are back in the win column with a 79-62 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday night.
Although the Blues were the first on the board with a two point shot, the Golden Hawks got the jump on the home team for the remainder of the first quarter and drained 21 points to Toronto’s eight.
The early 12-point lead was key for the Golden Hawks success as the Blues rallied back in the second and were able to outscore the Hawks, but not by enough to reclaim the lead.
By halftime, the Hawks were up 39-30, outscoring the Blues from the field on two- and three-point shots. Leading the way for the Hawks after 20 minutes of play was second year guard LAUREN JAMIESON (Oakville, Ont.) with 11 points and one assist, while third year guard Nicole Morrison (Hamilton) was just behind her with nine points, two rebounds, and two assists.
For the Varsity Blues it was rookie forward Charlotte Collyer (Colleyville, Texas) with the best offensive effort as she gathered eight points, three rebounds, and one steal.
After the half, the Hawks picked up the pace and padded their lead with another eight-point gain in the third quarter that the Toronto team would not recover from for the rest of the game.
In the 17-point victory, Morrison claimed a game-high 20 points and added five rebounds and two assists for Laurier while Jamieson finished with 11 points, one assist, and two steals after twenty minutes of play.
Fourth year guard Kaitlyn Schenck (Kitchener, Ont.) came out strong in the second half and totalled 16 points and three rebounds on the night. Heather Payne of North Bay, Ont., was all over the boards for the purple and gold as she collected 13 rebounds. Payne also added three steals, one block, and one assist on the night.
Collyer finished with a team-high 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals for Toronto.
With the victory, the Hawks (7-8) look to even up their record as they take on the Guelph Gryphons (7-6) on February 12 at 6:00 p.m. The game can be viewed live on OUA.tv.