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WBASK give No. 6 McMaster a scare
Laurier: 69 MCMASTER: 76

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KITCHENER, Ont. (January 24, 2018) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team gave the No. 6 McMaster Marauders all they could handle at the annual School Day Game on Wednesday afternoon but despite a fourth-quarter charge, the Hawks came up just short, falling 76-69 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

Playing in front of a crowd of 1167, featuring mostly elementary school children, Laurier won the fourth quarter 24-19 to give the contest an exciting finish despite trailing by double-digits for most of the game. Although Laurier was able to trim McMaster's lead to two points with five minutes to play, the Marauders were set on not leaving Kitchener empty-handed, hitting all their free-throws down the stretch and pulling away for a 76-69 victory. 

For Laurier, Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.) was the leading scorer and assist-getter, respectively finishing with 20 and 6. The fifth-year guard continues to inch closer to two Golden Hawk women's basketball records. She is now just 74 points shy of Meghan McGrath’s mark of 425 points in a season, and 88 shy of the 1371 points scored by McGrath over her career. 

Against the Marauders, there were a multitude of Hawks who were productive on the offensive end. Rachel Woodburn (Ajax, Ont.) and Irena Rynkiewicz  (Mississauga, Ont.)combined for three three-point makes with both players scoring eight points. Also having an impact offensively was Alex Spodaro (Grimbsy, Ont.). The fourth year forward produced a season-high seven points, joining BRIANNA IANNAZZO (Thornhill, Ont.) and Sarah Dillon (Welland, Ont.) who both scored seven as well.  

On the other end, the Marauders were led by a pair of Newmarket natives. First-year forward Sarah Gates garnered a double-double through her performance of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Linnaea Harper, who scored 22 points in a game earlier this season against Laurier, was a force again as the third-year forward made two threes and picked up 17 points for the game. 

With the win, McMaster improves to 13-4 for the season and takes sole possession of first-place in the OUA West. For Laurier, the Hawks fall to 8-9 and move behind the Western Mustangs in the standings, who now hold the fourth spot in the division.

The fifth-place Hawks will look to rebound this Friday night at the University of Waterloo when the purple and gold will look to sweep the season series from the Waterloo Warriors at 6 p.m.
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