WATERLOO, Ont. (February 13, 2016) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks got back in the win column on Saturday night with a 77-60 victory over the Lakehead Thunderwolves.
The Golden Hawks played with confidence right from tipoff to halftime, working together and making good on scoring opportunities to structure a 24-18 lead for the first quarter, and extending that lead to ten points with a 44-34 halftime score.
With the Hawks connecting on 45.7 percent of field goals made in the opening half, including 52.9 percent from beyond the arc, it was third year guard Sarah Dillon (Welland, Ont.) coming up big for her team with 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the first 20 minutes alone to make the difference in generating that lead.
Third year guard NICOLE MORRISON (Hamilton, Ont.) was the only other player on the court to break double digits by half and she posted 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Back from the half down by ten points, the Thunderwolves were eager to close that gap and picked up their game to outscore the Hawks in the third quarter and eat in to the Hawks’ lead by four points.
It would be for naught, however, as the Hawks shut down the Lakehead offence in the final frame to claim the victory.
Katelyn Andrea (Thunder Bay, Ont.) was a key player for the Thunderwolves on the court as the third year forward notched 16 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double and added two assists and four steals on the night.
The Golden Hawks (8-9) finished the night by hitting 43.9 percent of their field goals, and 42.3 percent of those from three-point range. Morrison ended the game with a game-high 17 points as well as five rebounds, and Dillon tallied her 12 points on the night and added nine rebounds.
Fourth year guard Kaitlyn Schenck (Kitchener, Ont.) also finished with double figures as she ended the night with 15 points and two rebounds.
The Hawks hit the road for their next pair of games as they head to the ation’s capital to take on the Carleton Ravens on Friday, February 19th at 6 p.m., and the Ottawa Gee-Gees the following night at 6 p.m. as well. Both games can be viewed on OUA.tv.
NOTES: During halftime, head coach Paul Falco honoured his two graduating seniors Heather Payne of North Bay, Ont., and Courtney Bruce of Orillia, Ont....Bruce would finish the game with eight points and five rebounds while Payne had six points and four rebounds