Nicole Morrison had 21 points in 22 minutes in her return to the lineup on Wednesday night (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
Laurier: 73 Waterloo: 57
WATERLOO, Ont. (Janaury 19, 2017) - Veteran guards Kaitlyn Schenck
and Nicole Morrison
combined to score 44 points as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team rolled past the Waterloo Warriors 73-57 on Wednesday night at the Athletic Complex.
The win extended Laurier’s dominance over their cross-town rivals as the purple and gold have now won 16 consecutive games against the Warriors dating back to 2009. The victory also helped the Hawks match their win total from a year ago as they now sit at 9-5 on the season.
As for Waterloo, the loss drops them down to 5-7 on the year.
Despite picking up the victory, it was the Hawks who trailed early in this contest as Waterloo came out strong, posting 21 first quarter points to take a four-point advantage after 10 minutes.
However, Laurier stepped up their defensive intensity through the middle quarters of the contest. The purple and gold limited the visitors to just 17 points through the second and third frames, as they built up a commanding 54-38 lead.
Waterloo would re-find their offence in the fourth but each time they made a run, Schenck and Morrison, the highest-scoring backcourt duo in the conference, were there to answer as the duo combined for 28 points in just 25 minutes on the court in the second half to help Laurier to the win.
Schenck, the Kitchener, Ont., native, finished the contest with a game-high 23 points, marking the second straight game she’s eclipsed 20. She was also strong defensively, recording a career-high six steals, to go along with four assists and three rebounds.
Morrison, from Hamilton, made her return after missing one-game due to injury and was solid, pouring in 21 points in 22 minutes on the court. She was particularly effective from the free throw line, hitting 10 of her 12 attempts, helping Laurier to finish the game at an impressive 82 percent from the charity stripe.
Off the bench, SARAH DILLON
of Welland, Ont., led the way with a season-best 14 points as well as five rebounds.
For Waterloo, they were paced by Kristen Osborne of Markham, Ont., who had 13 points and five rebounds.
Laurier will now take their two-game winning streak into the weekend when they host the Toronto Varsity Blues for their annual Shoot for the Cure game. Fans who wear pink to the contest will get into the game for free and there will be donation opportunities on site.
The Hawks will also be signing autographs post-game in the Hawk Lounge
Tipoff against the Varsity Blues is set for 1 p.m. at the Athletic Complex and tickets can be purchased by visiting tickets.laurierathletics.com