WINDSOR, Ont. (March 2, 2016) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team had their season come to an end in the first round of the OUA playoffs on Wednesday night as they lost 82-75 to the No. 10 Windsor Lancers.
In an entertaining affair between the two West division rivals, the two teams went shot-for-shot throughout the contest as the lead changed hands 14 times throughout the game.
Laurier got off to a strong start and took a 42-40 lead into halftime against the five-time defending CIS Champions. However, a strong second half by the Lancers saw them rally to post the six-point victory and advance to the quarter-finals.
With the starters playing big minutes for both teams, it was no surprise to see some familiar faces on both sides lead their respective clubs. Emily Prevost of Montreal, scored a game-high 21 points while adding six rebounds and five assists for the Lancers. Teammate Carly Steer of Windsor, Ont., also had a strong night as she had 17 points, thanks to five made three-point attempts, and pulled down five rebounds.
For Laurier, fourth year guard Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., had a big night as she scored 19 points while recording four rebounds and four assists. SARAH DILLON of Welland, Ont., added a career-best 17 points thanks to a 5-for-8 performance from three-point rane, while Nicole Morrison of Hamilton, also had 17 points.
Graduating seniors Courtney Bruce of Orillia, Ont., and Heather Payne of North Bay, Ont., had solid performances in their final appearance with the Hawks as Bruce finished with 14 points and Payne was a force in the post, recording a game-high nine rebounds.
With both teams shooting the ball so well in the contest, Laurier hitting 43.1 percent of their shots while Windsor connected on 42.7 percent, it was second-chance points and points in the paint which ended up hurting the Hawks. Windsor won the second-chance points battle 18-9 and outscored the purple and gold in the paint 36-22.
The Hawks finish the year with a 12-19 overall record after wrapping up conference play in third place in the OUA West division with a 9-11 mark.