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Rachel Woodburn drives against the Warriors on Friday night at the Athletic Complex (Credit: Eva Ou)
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WBASK close out 2017 with win over Waterloo
Laurier: 67 WATERLOO: 50

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WATERLOO, Ont. (December 1, 2017) - The first meeting between the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team and the Waterloo Warriors this season was a one-sided affair. The Hawks took care of business against the last-place Warriors, winning the Battle of Waterloo 67-50 for their 18th consecutive victory over their cross-town rivals.

With the win, the purple and gold improve to 6-4 on the year, and hand the Warriors the 10th loss of their winless season. 

Offensively, the trio of NICOLE MORRISON (Hamilton), Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.) and Rachel Woodburn (Ajax, Ont.) shouldered the load for Laurier.

Morrison left her mark in every category, highlighted by leading the team with 16 points and dishing out a game-high five assists. The fifth-year guard also pulled-down seven rebounds and picked up four steals.

In what was a solid performance by Rynkiewicz, the third-year forward produced 14 points on 6-12 shooting from the field, in addition to getting four rebounds.

For Woodburn, it was a spectacularly efficient night as the second-year guard made six shots on eight attempts. For the game, she totalled 13 points and was the leading rebounder in the game, bringing down eight boards. 

For Waterloo, Ann Stewart (Yellowknife) led the way, picking up a career-high 16 points off the bench. She also led the team with six rebounds.

Morrison was honoured at halftime for her outstanding career accomplishment, attained on November 10th against Ottawa. It was on that night that Morrison surpassed 1000 points for her career, a feat only done by three only players in Laurier women’s basketball history. A two-time OUA all-star, Morrison has averaged 12.7 points per game over her five-year career. She’ll be hoping to catch Laurier's all-time scoring leader Meghan McGrath (Toronto, Ont.) by the end of the season, who finished her incredible career with 1371 points.

Tonight’s game was the last regular-season game for the Hawks in the 2017 portion of their 2017-2018 season. However, over the holiday break they are scheduled to play in the University of Toronto Holiday Invitational beginning on December 28th. The Hawks will battle the host Varsity Blues, the Concordia Stingers and the Victoria Vikes at the Goldring Centre.  
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