Kaitlyn Schenck was strong at both ends of the court Friday night for the Golden Hawks (Photo Credit: Karyn Stepien)
Laurier: 62 Guelph: 55
GUELPH, Ont. (January 13, 2017) – Kaitlyn Schenck
poured in 20 points to help the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team snap their three-game losing skid with a 62-55 victory over the Guelph Gryphons on Friday night.
Playing in the first basketball game at the new Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre, Laurier spoiled the party with a strong showing from their fifth-year guard. In the absence of injured starters NICOLE MORRISON
of Hamilton, and Irena Rynkiewicz
of Mississauga, Ont., Schenck stepped up and scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half to help Laurier improve to 8-5 on the season.
Rookie guard Jill Condron
of Oakville, Ont., making just her second career start, was also solid for the purple and gold as she finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals, all of which were single-game career highs.
Fellow rookie Rachel Woodburn
of Courtice, Ont., chipped in with four points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
Laurier got off to a quick start against the Gryphons (1-8) thanks to some strong three-point shooting and solid defence. The Hawks limited the Gryphons to just 22 points in the opening 20 minutes while shooting over 45 percent from behind the arc to take a 31-22 lead into the break.
In the third, Schenck started to take over the game as she poured in eight points in the quarter, stretching Laurier’s lead to 14.
Although Guelph would close the gap in the fourth, it was too little, too late for the hosts as the Hawks came away with the win.
For Schenck, the 20 points marks the fourth time this season she has scored 20 or more in a contest and moves her past 900 points for her Laurier career. She now has scored 919 points as a member of the purple and gold and currently ranks sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per game.
Laurier will now turn their attention to their cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors, for their first of two meetings in 10 days. The Hawks will tangle with the Warriors at the Athletic Complex on Wednesday, January 18 at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the game are available by visiting tickets.laurierathletics.com
and the game will be live on OUA.tv