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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)
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Tickets: available at the door (McMaster); (Guelph)

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.

- 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

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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U Sports Top 10
1. Carleton (1)
2. Regina (2)
3. Acadia (3)
4. McMaster (4)
5. Laval (5)
6. Saskatchewan (7)
7. McGill (6)
8. Windsor (8)
9. Ottawa (NR)
10. Trinity Western (9)
As of Feb. 27, 2018
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