Laurier: 61 Waterloo: 55
WATERLOO, Ont. (January 28, 2017) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team won their fourth consecutive game on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Waterloo Warriors 61-55 at the Physical Activities Complex.
Meeting for the second time in 10 days, Laurier and Waterloo engaged in a back-and-forth battle that resulted in the closest game the two rivals have played in seven years.
The two teams traded baskets throughout the first half with Laurier taking a narrow three-point cushion into halftime. SARAH DILLON
of Welland, Ont., and Lauren Jamieson
of Oakville, Ont., led the offensive charge for the purple and gold in the opening half, each scoring eight points off the bench.
The third quarter saw the home team lock-down the Hawks defensively, limiting Laurier to just nine points in the quarter as they took a 43-42 lead into the final frame.
Looking to record their first win over the Hawks since 2008, a stretch of 16 consecutive victories for Laurier, the Warriors were unable to close the deal thanks to the play of Nicole Morrison
Morrison scored nine of her game-high 18 points in the final frame, including back-to-back three pointers late to secure Laurier’s 17th straight win over their cross-town rivals.
The fourth year guard also distributed the ball well, picking up six assists to go along with six rebounds and two steals.
Dillon would finish the game with 11 points and four rebounds as she was the only other Hawk to reach double digits.
Three Warriors had 10 or more points in the loss, led by Kristen Osborne of Markham, Ont., who had 14.
Laurier’s victory was paced by the deep ball as the Hawks connected for 10 three pointers to just six for Waterloo.
With the win, the Hawks move to 11-5 on the year, just a game and a half back of the Windsor Lancers (12-3) for first place in the OUA West division.
Waterloo sees their record fall to 5-9.
The Hawks will be back in action on Saturday, February 4 when they travel to St. Catharines to face the Brock Badgers (4-9). Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Bob Davis Gymnasium and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.