Laurier's Nicole Morrison gets past a Waterloo defender in Friday night's win (Credit: Eva Ou)
Laurier: 62 WATERLOO: 58
WATERLOO, Ont (January 27, 2018) - Nicole Morrison
became the third player in school history, and 15th player in OUA history, to reach 1300 points in a career on Friday night as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks held off the Waterloo Warriors 62-58 at the Physical Activities Complex for their 19th straight victory over their cross-town rivals.
In what turned out to be one the closest matchups during the Hawks decade-long win streak against Waterloo, the game came down to the wire with the Warriors having a possession late with an opportunity to tie the game. Unfortunately for Waterloo, the black and gold failed to capitalize and struggled to get the ball inbounds, committing a five second turnover. From there, Morrison (Hamilton) was fouled and cemented the Golden Hawk victory by making a pair of free throws.
As has been the case all season long, Morrison was the catalyst offensively for Laurier. The fifth-year guard was the high-scorer for the game as she poured in 24 points, going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line and 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Morrison has now scored 1307 points in her illustrious career, becoming only the fifteenth player in OUA history to reach the 1300-point plateau, joining former Golden Hawks Meghan McGrath and Renata Adamczyk as the only players in school history to accomplish the feat. Morrison is now only 64 points shy of the 1371 career points scored by the current Laurier record-holder Meghan McGrath, in addition to being only 50 points back of McGrath’s single-season scoring record of 425.
In one of their best shooting games of the season games of the season, the Hawks shot 38.5 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range. In addition to Morrison, Jill Condron
of Oakville, Ont., with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Brianna Iannazzo
of Thornhill, Ont., with 10 points and eight rebounds, provided offensive firepower for the Hawks. Second-year guard Rachel Woodburn
also played a solid game, picking up six points, seven rebounds, and dishing out a team-high four assists.
For Waterloo, second-year guard Aphia Ward (Beaumont, Ont.) led the way 16 points, in large part courtesy of four made threes.
Also scoring in double-digits were Ann Stewart (Yellowknife, NWT.) and Sydney Wilson (Guelph, Ont.). Despite struggling from the field by converting on only two of 10 attempts, Stewart garnered a double-double as she scored eight points via the free-throw line, earning 12 for the game to go along with 13 rebounds. Wilson contributed with 11 points and a game-high five assists.
With the win, the Hawks improve to 9-9 and remain tied for fourth place in the OUA West division with the Western Mustangs on 18 points. The Warriors on the other hand, fall to a league-worst 1-16.
Next up for the Hawks is a showdown against the Brock Badgers on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the University of Waterloo PAC.