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PREVIEW: WBASK set to face McMaster, Guelph
Game Dates/Times: Wednesday, January 11 - 6 p.m. (McMaster); Friday, January 13- 6 p.m. (Guelph)
Game Locations: Burridge Gymnasium, Hamilton (McMaster); Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre, Guelph (Guelph)
Live Webcasts: OUA.tv 
Tickets: available at the door (McMaster); gryphons.ca (Guelph)

THE LOW DOWN
After opening 2017 with back-to-back losses, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks will look to return to the win column this week with a pair of games. Laurier will be in tough on Wednesday night as they take on the new No. 1 team in U SPORTS, the McMaster Marauders (8-1), before heading to Guelph to battle the Gryphons (1-7) on Friday night.

NEED TO KNOW
- the Hawks head into action this week on their first losing streak of the year after suffering two losses on home court to Carleton and Ottawa last weekend
- McMaster, which just took over the top ranking in the country, have won two-straight games as they beat Nipissing and Laurentian on the road to open 2017
- the Gryphons have had a tough go this year, losing their first five games of the season. They also started 2017 with two losses, dropping games to Toronto and Ryerson on the road
- Laurier and McMaster have split their last eight meetings, with each team winning four times
- the Marauders were victorious the last time out, defeating the Hawks 81-62 last January
- the Hawks have dropped two of their last three games with the Gryphons, including a 71-62 setback last season

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (7-4)

G Sarah Dillon (Welland, Ont.)
- Laurier will be looking to spread the offence around more this week and one player who can help with that is Dillon, a fourth year three-point threat
- averaging nearly six points per game this season, Dillon has shown the capacity to hit double-digits after scoring 11 and 13 in the Hawks’ final games of 2016 against Laurentian and Nipissing

F Tayania Siwek-Smith (Oakville, Ont.)
- rookie forward has been playing consistent minutes for head coach PAUL FALCO this season with Laurier’s depth hurting in the middle of the floor
- at 6-1, Siwek-Smith has the ability to be a presence on the glass for the purple and gold as she’s averaging nearly four rebounds per game this year

McMaster Marauders (8-1) - No. 1 in Canada

G Danielle Boiago (Hamilton)
- although the Marauders are a very deep team, their success begins with Boiago who leads the conference in scoring, averaging 20.4 points per game  

Guelph Gryphons (1-7)

G Sarah Holmes (Welland, Ont.)
- second year guard has been one of the Gryphons most consistent players this season, averaging 12.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game
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