Laurier: 72 Western: 59
WATERLOO, Ont. (February 11, 2017) - Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball guard Kaitlyn Schenck
celebrated her Senior Day in style on Saturday afternoon as she became the third player in team history to reach the 1000 point plateau in a 72-59 victory over the Western Mustangs at the Athletic Complex.
Schenck, a native of Kitchener, Ont., who entered the game with 995 career points, hit a runner in the lane late in the second quarter to eclipse the milestone. She would go on to finish the contest with 17 points, five steals and two assists to help the Hawks improve their record to 12-7 on the year.
“It’s a little overwhelming,” said Schenck after the game. “It’s amazing to have been able to play here for five years, meet the people that I have met, played with the girls that I’ve played and everything that’s kind of all come together. It’s been an incredible opportunity and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Having suffered back-to-back losses entering the contest, the purple and gold needed a good start against their rivals from London, and they got it thanks to some hot shooting. The Hawks hit five of their six three-point attempts in the opening quarter as they roared out to a 23-16 lead on the Mustangs.
In the second, the purple and gold got their defensive game going as they limited Western to just nine points in the quarter, extending their lead by six.
Late in the frame, Schenck, who had three points in the contest but had yet to make a field goal, got the ball at the top of the key and drove the lane. She shook off her defender and hit a shot from the top of the key to join Meaghan McGrath and Renata Adamczyk as they only Golden Hawks to ever reach 1000 points in their Laurier career.
“I think it just makes me look back at every single year I’ve had and what I’ve been able to do because of my teammates and my coaches,” added Schenck on what reaching the milestone represents. “It makes me think how they’ve all developed me into the player that I am in my fifth year. Every single play, every single game, every single practice has led to this and it’s amazing.”
Leading 38-25 heading to the second half, Laurier allowed the Mustangs back in the game as Julia Curran of Waterloo, Ont., scored seven of her game-high 28 points in the frame to cut the Hawks’ lead to 53-45.
However, the Hawks were determined to take home the win for Schenck and they got three more three-balls in the fourth quarter to pull away and sweep the season series against the Mustangs.
In total, Laurier hit 11 three’s in the game as they shot 44 percent from deep. NICOLE MORRISON
of Hamilton, Irena Rynkiewicz
of Mississauga, Ont., and Lauren Jamieson
of Oakville, Ont., all hit three deep balls, finishing with 12, 11 and nine points respectively.
Morrison also dished out eight assists, matching her season and career high which she had previously set against the Ryerson Rams in the first game of the year. Rynkiewicz added nine rebounds and four steals.
As for the Mustangs, Curran added 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double while Mackenzie Puklicz of London, Ont., was the only other Western player to finish in double figures as she had 14 points.
The victory clinches home court advantage for the purple and gold in the first round of the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday, February 22.
Laurier will have one more contest before the playoffs begin as they travel up to Thunder Bay next Saturday, February 18, to close out their regular season on the road against the Lakehead Thunderwolves.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse.