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Laurier's Irena Rynkiewicz battles for possession against Queen's on Friday night (Photo Credit: Robin Kasem)
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WBASK earns split of weekend road trip
Laurier: 78 Queen's: 84

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WATERLOO (November 21, 2016) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team maintained a share of first place in the OUA West division as they earned a split of their weekend road trip against Queen’s and York.

Laurier opened up the weekend by suffering their first loss of the season, an 84-78 loss to the No. 7 Queen’s Gaels on Friday night.

Traditionally playing close games against one another, Friday’s contest against the Gaels was no exception as the two teams were tied at 62 heading to the fourth quarter. The final frame then saw the lead change hands five times before the Gaels pulled away late to earn the victory.

Rookie guard BRIANNA IANNAZZO of Thornhill, Ont., had the best game of her young career as she came off the bench to post a team-high 20 points while adding two assists to lead the Hawks’ scoring efforts.

Nicole Morrison of Hamilton, added 16 points for Laurier but struggled managing the ball as she turned it over 12 times. Irena Rynkiewicz of Mississauga, Ont., continued her solid play as well, contributing a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, along with four blocks.

For the Gaels, it was Marianna Alarie of Sudbury, Ont., that led the way with 22 points while Robyn Pearson of Toronto, and Andrea Priamo of Guelph, Ont., each had double-doubles for the home team.

Saturday saw the purple and gold return to their winning ways as they rolled over the York Lions by a score of 87-57.

Laurier used a big first quarter to build an early lead then rode their best shooting performance of the year, as they shot over 44 percent from the floor, to come away with their fourth victory of the year, improving to 4-1.

Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., was the star for Laurier as she become just the fourth player since 2001 to score 30 points in a game as she finished with 30 on 12-of-18 shooting. She also added six steals, five rebounds and three assists in a game in which she became the fourth Golden Hawk all-time to reach 800 points in a career.

Morrison added 13 in the game for the Hawks while Iannazzo was strong off the bench once again, finishing with 12 points.

For York, they were led by Katrina Collins-Samuels of Hamilton, and Shauney Fischer of Wallaceburg, Ont., who each had 13 points in a losing effort.

The win moved Laurier back into a tie with Western (4-0) and Windsor (4-0) for first place in the OUA West division with eight points.

The Hawks will now face those two teams in two key games this week. They open on the road against Western on Wednesday, November 23 before returning home to host the Lancers on Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m.

Both games will be live on OUA.tv.
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