Laurier: 68 Ryerson: 66
WATERLOO, Ont. (November 6, 2016) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team stunned the defending OUA Champions, the No. 7 Ryerson Rams, 68-66 on Saturday night in their home opener at the Athletic Complex thanks to a clutch late basket from fifth year guard Kaitlyn Schenck
In what was a back-and-forth contest all night, Schenck, a native of Kitchener, Ont., hit the game-winning shot with 7.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a wide-open three-point attempt.
That left the Rams a chance to tie the game and they had an opportunity as fifth year guard Kellie Ring of Ottawa, was sent to the line with 0.5 seconds left. However, she failed to connect on either of her free throw attempts sealing a win for the purple and gold against the reigning national silver medalists.
Schenck was a catalyst on both ends of the floor for Laurier all game, but particularly in the second half where she scored 10 of her 14 points to help the Hawks start the season 1-0.
She also chipped in with five rebounds, four steals and three assists in the contest.
Chipping in on the offensive side of the floor were Nicole Morrison
of Hamilton, and IRENA RYNKIEWICZ
of Mississauga, Ont., who both had 11 points. Morrison was also busy setting up her teammates, dolling out eight assists.
On defence, rookie guard Rachel Woodburn
of Courtice, Ont., was a force, registering four blocks in her first career OUA game.
As for the Rams, they were led by Sofia Paska of Etobicoke, Ont., who had a monster performance that saw her finish with 23 points and 19 rebounds. Ring was the only other Ram to reach double figures in scoring, chipping in with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Hawks will return to action next week as they will host the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-1) in a weekend doubleheader. The first contest will be played on Friday, November 11 at 6 p.m. at the Athletic Complex.