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Mustangs roll past WBASK
Laurier: 48 WESTERN: 65

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WATERLOO, Ont. (February 8, 2018) - On Wednesday night at the University of Waterloo Physical Activities Complex, the Western Mustangs women’s basketball team proved what many Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawk fans fear, that they will be a tough competition come playoff time, as they defeated the purple and gold 65-47.

Entering the game, the Hawks were one game back of the Mustangs for the fourth seed in the OUA West. However, that slim deficit is now further extended as a result of the Hawks struggling to compete with the London-based school on Wednesday. Despite the two teams being tied at 24 entering the halftime break, Western pulled away at the start of the third-quarter, going on an 18-0 run and never looking back.

Once again, the Hawks were led in defeat by the school’s second all-time leading scorer, Nicole Morrison. The fifth-year guard came away with 13 points, providing another double-digit scoring performance as she continues to pursue the Laurier single-season scoring record set by Meghan McGrath. She is now just 13 points shy of the 425 recorded by McGrath in 2005. In addition to the single season mark, the Hamilton native is only 27 points away from breaking McGrath’s record of 1371 points scored over her career.

In support of her scoring, Morrison was also setting up her teammates on Wednesday, as her four dimes were tied with Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.) for the most on the team. Maya Day (Kitchener, Ont.) outplayed her size and finished with the highest rebounding totals for the Hawks, bringing down six boards on the night. 

For Western, the Mustangs were powered by Maddy Horst (Baden, Ont.) and Mackenzie Puklicz (London, Ont.), who respectively produced 22 and 18 points. Forward Julia Curran (Waterloo, Ont.) was a force on the inside as she recorded a double-double, collecting 10 points and 11 rebounds. 

With the win, Western improves to 12-9 on the year, while Laurier falls to a record of 10-11. The Mustangs retain the fourth-spot in the standings while the Hawks continue to sit in sixth place, occupying the final playoff berth. 

The good news for Laurier is that they will potentially have an opportunity to move into fifth with a win on Sunday. Sunday’s game is against the Guelph Gryphons, who are 10-10 on the year but play the Waterloo Warriors on Friday night. If Guelph loses against Waterloo, then both Laurier and Guelph will be 10-11, making Sunday’s game a battle for the fifth seed.
 
Laurier versus Guelph is scheduled for a 12:00 pm tip-off at RIM Park. 
 
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