WATERLOO, Ont. (February 12, 2016) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team lost an historic tie-breaker to the Guelph Gryphons on Friday night as they fell 71-62 to drop down to 7-9 on the season.
Going into the game, the Golden Hawks and Gryphons had accrued 28 wins and 28 losses against each other over the course of 32 years of these programs facing each other, and were poised for a thrilling tie-breaker as both teams were also tied at 14 points on the 2015-16 regular season within the OUA.
It was a close pace right from tipoff as the Hawks and Gryphons fought to claim the lead over the other. The home team earned the advantage in the first quarter with a 13-10 lead over the visitors from Guelph, Ont.
The Gryphons came back with fire in the second frame, however, and broke down the Hawks’ defence to record 19 points and take an eight-point lead going into the half.
Although the Golden Hawks got back into rhythm after the break, they would not be able to outdo the Gryphons to reclaim the game. On the strength of that second quarter, the Guelph team earned a 71-62 victory.
The main threat for the purple and gold going into tonight’s matchup was Guelph’s leading scorer Kate MacTavish (Waterloo, Ont.), and justifiably so as the fifth year forward recorded a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds on the night.
Also stepping up for the Gryphons was second year guard Bridget Atkinson (Welland, Ont.) who put up a game-high 24 points.
The struggles for Laurier (7-9) in the first half were largely a result of rebounding efforts. The Gryphons (8-6) controlled the boards and recovered 30 rebounds while the Hawks picked up only 16, making a clear difference in such a close matchup where every scoring opportunity counted.
While this week’s Laurier Female Athlete of the Week, NICOLE MORRISON (Hamilton, Ont.), led the Hawks in scoring again with 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, rookie guard Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.) also had a solid performance with 11 points and four rebounds recorded on the night.
The Golden Hawks are at home again tomorrow night, Saturday, February 13 as they look to get back into the win column with a victory over the visiting Lakehead Thunderwolves. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.