WBASK lose close affair in season-opener
Nicole Morrison and Irena Rynkiewicz both score 14 points in the loss to Brock

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (October 28, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball lost a tough game on the road in St. Catharines against the Brock Badgers to start their 2017-18 campaign on Saturday afternoon. The teams traded leads back and forth throughout the affair but it was the Badgers who came away with a 65-60 victory. 

Brock got off to a scorching start, using size and strength to their advantage. The strong start was led by forward Courtney Mcpherson (Welland, Ont.) who dominated in the paint and on the glass. The Badgers outscored the Hawks 19-11 in the first quarter. 

The second quarter presented a different story, as the Hawks won the period 23-14. The long-range jump shots started to fall, with Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.), Sarah Dillon (Welland, Ont.) and Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.) all knocking one down from behind the three-point arc. Rynkiewicz hit a three right before the halftime buzzer, giving the Hawks a 34-33 lead entering the break.

The Badgers regained the lead in the third-quarter, outscoring the Hawks 14-11.

In the fourth, they again had three more points than their counterparts, scoring 18 points compared to the Hawks who amassed 15. 

The Hawks were led offensively by Morrison and Rynkiewicz. The fifth-year guard Morrison totalled 14 points, five rebounds and four assists while Rynkiewicz, a third-year forward contributed with 14 points, in addition to nine rebounds and three assists. 

Brooke Murdoch (Welland, Ont.) was the high scorer for the Badgers, dropping 19 points for the game. Point-guard Ana Caldeira ruo (Lisbon, Portuagal) fought through foul-trouble to pick up eight assists while Mcpherson garnered a double-double, getting 14 points and 15 rebounds. 

The Hawks won the turnover battle, committing 16 turnovers compared to Badgers who totalled 22. Ultimately, the difference in the game proved to be the Badgers efficient shooting percentage. Brock shot 40.6% from the field and 29.4% from the three point-line compared to the Hawks who averaged 30% for the game and 20% from behind the arc. 

Next up for the Hawks is a road-trip up North. Laurier will head to North Bay and Sudbury on November 3rd and Nov 4th for games against Nipissing and Laurentian. 

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