OTTAWA (February 20, 2016) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks rallied back from last night's crushing loss to put up a strong competition against the No. 7 Ottawa Gee-Gees, but ultimately fell to an 0-2 weekend in Ottawa as they lost 68-64.
The Golden Hawks came out strong in the first quarter, and jumped to a five-point lead after the first ten minutes of play over the Gee-Gees. The small lead wasn’t enough to halt the home team, however, and they responded strong in the second to claim a 29-25 lead over the visitors.
The back-and-forth continued between the two teams and by the end of the third, Laurier and Ottawa were even at 45-45, leaving the fate of the game in the final frame of the contest.
Despite a valiant effort, the Gee-Gees managed to edge out the Hawks 68-64.
Ultimately, the University of Ottawa team earned the game off of the strength of their shooting from 3-point territory (50 percent on 16 shots) and Laurier’s struggle to do the same (19.2 percent on 26 shots).
NICOLE MORRISON was back on fire for the purple and gold as the third year guard from Hamilton, drained a game-high 25 points and added nine rebounds in the loss. Also cracking double digits were fourth year guard Kaitlyn Schenck (Kitchener, Ont.) and third year guard Sarah Dillon (Welland ,Ont.) with 11 points each on the night.
Senior guard Catherine Traer (Chelsea, Que.) led the Gee-Gees with 22 points on the night and six rebounds added. Fellow senior guard Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) also starred for the team, counting 17 points and 10 rebounds for the only double-double of the night.
The Golden Hawks head home for their final regular season game next as they look to tally one more victory before heading into the post-season. The game will be hosted at the Athletic Complex Gym on Thursday, February 25th and is scheduled for a special 11 a.m. tipoff as the Hawks take on the University of Waterloo Warriors in their annual School Day Game.