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WBASK set to honour seniors this weekend

Game Dates/Times: Friday, February 12 - 6 p.m. (Guelph) & Saturday, February 13 - 6 p.m. (Lakehead)
Game Locations: Athletic Complex, Waterloo
Live Webcasts: OUA.tv
Audiocast: RadioLaurier.com
Tickets: tickets.laurierathletics.com or at the door

THE SKINNY
On the verge of officially clinching a playoff berth, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (7-8) will host the Guelph Gryphons (7-6) on Friday night before honouring their graduating seniors on Saturday night when they take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves (5-8).

FAN INFORMATION
- during Saturday night’s game against Lakehead, head coach Paul Falco and his staff will recognize the contributions of graduating seniors COURTNEY BRUCE of Orillia, Ont., and Heather Payne of North Bay, Ont., at halftime

NEED TO KNOW
- the Hawks come into this weekend fresh off a split of their road games in Toronto as they lost a narrow 86-75 decision to No. 5 Ryerson before upending the Toronto Varsity Blues 79-62
- both Guelph and Lakehead enter play this week also coming off a split as they both lost to the Queen’s Gaels while defeating the York Lions
- Laurier and Guelph are in a close battle for a home playoff berth as the Hawks currently sit 10th in the RPI rankings while the Gryphons are in ninth
- the Hawks have enjoyed a considerable amount of success against Guelph as of late as they have won eight of the last 10 meetings
- in their other matchup, Laurier is riding a two-game losing streak to the Thunderwolves after dropping their only meeting to Lakehead last year 73-59
- any combination of two Laurier victories, or a Laurier win and a Waterloo defeat, will officially send the purple and gold through to the OUA playoffs

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (7-8)

F Heather Payne (North Bay, Ont.)
- the fourth year forward has been a rebounding force for the purple and gold all season long and is coming off one of her best weekends of the year
- Payne averaged 10.0 rebounds per game in Laurier’s matchups against Ryerson and Toronto as she had eight points and seven boards against the No. 5 Rams before pulling down a career-high 13 against the Varsity Blues the next night

G Lauren Jamieson (Oakville, Ont.)
- the second year guard is also coming off her most productive weekend of the season as she averaged 9.0 points against Ryerson and Toronto
- Jamieson opened the weekend with seven points against the Rams before pouring in 11, thanks to a 3-for-7 performance from the three-point line, in the Hawks win over Toronto

Guelph Gryphons (7-6)

F Kate MacTavish (Waterloo, Ont.)
- the fifth year forward is a presence in the paint at both ends of the floor as she leads Guelph is scoring at 15.8 points per game and in rebounding at 8.7 per contest

G Dana Van Balkom (Hamilton)
- a fifth year guard, Van Balkom is coming off a 17-point performance in the Gryphons win over York and currently sits second in team scoring at 11.5 points per game

Lakehead Thunderwolves (5-8)

F Bridget O’Reilly (Seaforth, Ont.)
- the second year forward has been the Thunderwolves most consistent scorer this season as she is averaging 10.2 points per game

G Cassandra Soulias (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
- the third year guard, despite averaging only 4.5 points per game this season, is coming off her best performance of the year as she scored 17 points in Lakehead’s win over York

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