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WBASK rolls into break with win over Lakers
Laurier: 94 Nipissing: 62

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WATERLOO, Ont. (December 3, 2016) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the conference thanks to a 94-62 win over the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday night at the Athletic Complex.

Playing their final game before the holiday break, the Hawks (7-2) used another strong shooting performance to post their seventh win of the season, tying them with the Windsor Lancers (7-1) for most in the OUA.

A night after pouring in 12 three pointers against the Laurentian Voyageurs, the Hawks repeated the feat, matching their highest output of the season. Rookie guard BRIANNA IANNAZZO of Thornhill, Ont., led the barrage from deep as she hit six of her nine attempts, helping her to equal her career high with 20 points. She also added four steals and three rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

Veteran guards Nicole Morrison of Hamilton, and Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., continued their strong play as well, using multiple trips to the free throw line to finish with 18 and 17 points respectively. Morrison hit eight of her 10 attempts, while adding seven rebounds, four assists and three steals while Schenck was 6-of-9 from the line, along with five assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Sarah Dillon of Welland, Ont., also shot well from three-point range, connecting three times to finish with a season-best 13 points.

Nipissing, who came into the contest fresh off their first win of the season, were led by Jamie Soffer of Kanata, Ont., who had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Claire Abbott of Whitehorse, chipped in with 16 points but the rest of the Lakers lineup combined to score just 21 points.

Laurier will now be off for the holiday break and will resume conference play on Friday, January 6, 2017 when they host the No. 4 Carleton Ravens (4-1).

The game will be the Hawks fourth against a nationally-ranked opponent this season and the purple and gold own a 1-2 record in their previous three games.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Athletic Complex.

NOTES: The 94 points for Laurier is the fifth-most scored in a single game in team history…the output is the most in a single game since Laurier scored 95 against Royal Military College back in 2007…the Hawks seven wins leave them two shy of their season total from a year ago
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