Nicole Morrison joined the 1000-point club in Laurier's double-overtime win on Friday (Credit: Eva Ou)
Laurier: 87 OTTAWA: 83
WATERLOO, Ont. (November 10, 2017) - On Friday night, fans at the Athletic Complex in Waterloo were treated to a barnburner of a women’s basketball game between the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks and the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Featuring a special performance by Laurier guard Nicole Morrison
(Hamilton, Ont.), the Hawks squeaked out a 87-83 win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees in double-overtime.
Entering the game, Morrison only needed to score eight points to reach 1000 for her career. It didn’t take long. The fifth-year sharpshooter knocked down a three-pointer in the second quarter which cemented her place in the exclusive 1000-point club, joining alumni Meaghan McGrath, Renata Adamczyk and Kaitlyn Schenck. Morrison finished as the high scorer for the game, amassing 21 points in addition to distributing a team-high six assists. She is now just six points back of Schenck for the third-most points in team history.
Morrison had significant support on the offensive end as three other Hawks scored in double figures. Jill Condron
(Oakville, Ont.), Maya Day
(Kitchener, Ont.) and Lauren Jamieson
(Oakville, Ont.) had 16,15, and 11 respectively. In addition to her scoring, Jamieson led the Hawks on the glass by collecting eight rebounds.
For Ottawa, the Gee-Gees were led by Brigitte Lefebvre-Okanku (Gatineau, Que.) who scored 19 points and pulled down six boards. Defensively, Kellie Forland (Shawinigan, Que.) was a thorn in the Hawks side. The fifth-year guard totalled five steals in her first game back from injury, having been out for the first two games of the season.
The story of the game was the superb defensive play of the Hawks in key situations. The Gee-Gees had two glorious opportunities to win the game, once by having the final possession of a tie-game in regulation and then having the final-possession of the first overtime. Both times the Hawks defence was up to the task. The end of regulation featured stifling pressure forcing a missed shot by Forland. Similarly, following a clutch game-tying jumper by Condron with 14 seconds left in the first overtime, the Hawks strapped up defensively and strongly contested a missed layup by Brooklyn McAlear (Ottawa, Ont.).
With the win, the Hawks improve to 3-1 on the season while the Gee-Gees fall to 1-2. While Ottawa will head down the street for a date with the Waterloo Warriors tomorrow night, the Hawks are staying put to get ready for a matchup with the number four team in the country. The Carleton Ravens invade the Athletic Complex tomorrow evening for a 6:00 pm tip-off in what could be another milestone night for Morrison.