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Nicole Morrison had 25 points on Saturday but it wasn't enough to knock off No. 7 Windsor (Credit: Eva Ou)
Nicole Morrison had 25 points on Saturday but it wasn't enough to knock off No. 7 Windsor (Credit: Eva Ou)
Morrison shines despite WBASK losing to Windsor
Laurier: 60 WINDSOR: 71

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WATERLOO, Ont. (January 6, 2018) - A late push by the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team on Saturday night was not enough to overcome a lopsided lead originally held by the No. 7 Windsor Lancers as they fell 71-60.

Entering the fourth quarter down 19 points, the Hawks did not back down. Instead, they outscored the opposition 20-12 in the frame, but ultimately fell short in their comeback attempt as they lost their second game in a row.

Fresh off a 15-point performance in the second half of Friday night’s tilt against Western, the second-half proved once again to be a showcase for Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.). Laurier’s fifth-year guard racked up 14 in the latter half against Windsor, making five shots from the field and knocking down three of four attempts from the foul-line. For the game, Morrison finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, hitting the 20-point plateau for the seventh time in 12 games this season. 

Not to be outdone, Lancer forward Emily Prevost put on an impressive display of her own. The Montreal native went for 30 points and 12 rebounds, doing it all inside the arc as she used her size to outmuscle the purple and gold.  

It was a historic night for Laurier’s second-year guard Tayania Siwek-Smith. Just one game removed from her season debut after missing the start of the year with an injury, the Oakville native was inserted into the starting lineup by head coach Paul Falco. Smith responded by scoring a career-high nine points as she shot 75 percent from the field.

Jill Condron, also a second-year Golden Hawk out of Oakville, provided additional offensive support for the Hawks. The former Holy Trinity Titan finished with 12 points on 6-15 shooting.

For the second-consecutive game, the Hawks three-point shooting woes were a significant factor in their demise. Against Western, the Hawks shot a paltry 17.4 percent from deep, but against Windsor they shot an even worse 13 percent from behind the arc. In total, Laurier made only 3 of 23 attempts from distance, two by Morrison and one by Lauren Jamieson (Oakville, Ont.). Laurier shot 33 percent from the field and 60 percent from the foul-line. 

On the other end, the Lancers shot the ball better in every category, making 25.9 percent of their three-point attempts, 34.2 percent of their shot attempts overall, and capped it off by shooting an impressive 92.3 percent from the free-throw line. Their efficiency was indicative of their style, focusing on floor spacing in an attempt to consisently put Prevost in positions in the low-block where she could be most-effective.  

With the win, the Lancers retain their spot atop the OUA West standings with a 9-3 record while Laurier now sits at 6-6 and remains in fifth-place in the OUA West. 

From here, the Hawks will head to Guelph on Wednesday for a 6:00 pm tip-off against the 5-7 Gryphons. 
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