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PREVIEW: WBASK set to take on Brock and Windsor
Game Dates & Times: Wednesday, January 31st – 5:00 pm (vs Brock); Friday, February 2nd – 6:00 pm (at Windsor)
Game Locations: University of Waterloo, Physical Athletic Complex  (vs Brock); St. Denis Centre, Windsor (at Windsor)
Live Webcast: (both games)
Live Audiocast: (vs Brock)
Tickets: vs. Brock

The Low Down
Only six games remain for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team in the 2017/2018 season. This week, two of those games will be completed as the Hawks are set to battle the Brock Badgers on Wednesday and challenge the Windsor Lancers on Saturday. Through eighteen games played, the Hawks are 9-9, holding down the fifth position in the OUA West, sandwiched between fourth-placed Western (10-8) and sixth-placed Guelph (8-10). 

Against Brock, the Hawks will be looking to avenge their loss against the Badgers earlier this season. The purple-and-gold opened their 2017/2018 campaign back on October 28th by losing to the Badgers 65-60. Since then, the Badgers have struggled, as evidenced by their current spot of seventh place in the OUA West and an overall record of 6-12. Wednesday is Bell Let’s Talk Day so there will be an emphasis on promoting the awareness of mental health at the game. 

Friday's game against Windsor will be a rematch of a Lancer victory in Waterloo on January 6th, in addition to a battle for playoff-seeding. The Lancers are 14-4 on the year and have a two-game advantage over the Lakehead Thunderberwolves for second place in the standings. Coming off a weekend in which they earned two victories over the Thunderwolves, the Lancers will be hoping to ride the momentum into Saturday’s affair, and clinch a first round playoff bye. 

Need to Know 
-  On Wednesday, the Hawks will be looking to snap their two-game losing streak against the Badgers. Laurier’s last win over Brock came on January 13th, 2017
- A fan bus will run to Waterloo's Physical Activities Complex at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday for arrival at tipoff for the Hawks showdown with Brock
- Laurier is 27-36 all-time against Windsor
- The Hawks are undefeated at PAC this season, earning three wins in three attempts, including two home games and a road game against Waterloo last week

Players to Watch
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (9-9)

#5 G NICOLE MORRISON (Hamilton, Ont.)
- All eyes will be on Laurier’s fifth-year guard as the season winds down. The Hamilton native is on the heels of a couple of Laurier records. As it stands, she is only 64 points shy of the 1371 career points scored by the current record-holder Meghan McGrath, in addition to being only 50 points back of McGrath’s single-season scoring record of 425
- In the Hawks game against Windsor earlier this season, Morrison produced an impressive double-double, scoring 25 points and bringing down 10 rebounds

#13 F Alex Spadaro (Grimsby, Ont.)
- The fourth-year forward has steadily seen her minutes increase in the 2018 portion of the season by being a reliable defensive presence and productive post-scorer for Coach Paul Falco
-  Against McMaster last Wednesday, Spadaro picked up a season-high seven points

Brock Badgers (6-12)

#22 Courtney McPherson (Welland, Ont.)
- The fourth-year forward is the fifth-best rebounder in the OUA this season, averaging 9.6 per game
- The Welland native played three seasons for Niagara College, where in her final season she was honoured as an OCAA West Region All-Star

Windsor Lancers (8-3)

#23 F Emily Prevost (Montreal, Que.)
- The fifth-year forward is a tough player to handle when she gets the ball in the low-post
- Scoring 15.5 points per game on an efficient shooting percentage of 50.9 percent, the Montreal native is also an exceptional rebounder. She averages 9.3 rebounds per game, good for the third-best average in the OUA
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