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Ottawa edges WBASK in defensive battle
Laurier: 40 Ottawa: 45

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WATERLOO, Ont. (January 7, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team suffered their second loss in a row for the first time this season on Saturday night as they dropped a 45-40 decision to the Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Athletic Complex.

In what was a four-quarter defensive battle, the Gee-Gees used a 7-2 run over the final three minutes of the game to pick up the victory.

Despite coming away with the win, no Gee-Gees player was able to reach double digits in scoring as Katherine Lemoine of Cornwall, Ont., led her team with eight points. As a team, Ottawa shot just 25 percent from the field.

However, the story was no better for the host Golden Hawks as Laurier shot a paltry 19 percent from the floor. NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton, finished as the Hawks leading scorer with 15 points but no other member of the purple and gold was able to eclipse five points in the loss.

With both teams coming off losses the night before, the two teams battled hard, leaving very little space for their opponents in the offensive end of the floor. The Gee-Gees, however, were more efficient than the Hawks in the opening 20 minutes as they took a 26-19 lead into the half.

In the second, the purple and gold stepped up their play and limited Ottawa to just six points in the third quarter. Laurier also found their offensive stride as they cut the deficit to 32-30 after three.

The fourth quarter was back-and-forth throughout with the Hawks keeping the score close thanks to their ability to get to the free throw line. But it was a three-point shot from Brooklynn McAlear-Fanus of Ottawa, that turned the contest late in favour of the Gee-Gees and they would hold on to improve to 5-2 on the season.

The loss, meanwhile, drops the Hawks record to 7-4.

Laurier will have another tough contest on their hands next time they hit the court as they travel to Hamilton to face the No. 3 McMaster Marauders on Wednesday, January 11. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.
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