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Preview: WBASK head north for two games
Hawks set to battle Nipissing and Laurentian, hoping to bounce-back after loss to Brock in season-opener

Friday, November 3, 2017 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

Game Dates and Times: Friday, Nov 3 – 6 p.m. (at Nipissing) & Saturday, Nov 4 – 6 p.m. (at Laurentian)
Game Locations: Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre (Nipissing), Ben F. Avery Gymnasium (Laurentian)
Live Webcast: OUA.tv

The LOW-DOWN
The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team continues their season-opening road trip this weekend as they head up north to face the Nipissing Lakers and the Laurentian Voyageurs.

NEED TO KNOW
- The Golden Hawks lost their season-opener last Saturday against the Brock Badgers 65-60
- Nippissing and Laurentian have yet to play a game this season
- Laurier faced Nippissing once in the 2016/2017 season, dismantling the Lakers 94-62 in Waterloo
- The Hawks also played Laurentian at home, earning an 83-57 victory
- Both opponents did not qualify for the playoffs last season, while the Hawks made it to the OUA Quarter-finals
- Anticipate the Hawks turning the Lakers over. Nippissing had the most turnovers in the 2016-17 season, averaging 23.4 giveaways a game. Meanwhile the Hawks were fourth in the OUA in steals, racking up 10.6 per game. 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (0-1)
#23 G Sarah Dillon (Welland, Ont.)
- The senior guard is a three-point threat for the Hawks. She shot 31.3 shooting percentage from deep last season, making 29 out of 86 attempts 
- Dillon made two three-pointers in the season-opener against Brock

#6 F Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.)
- The third-year forward narrowly missed earning a double-double against Brock, getting 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
- Rynkiewicz led the Hawks in rebounding for the 2016-17 campaign, bringing down 117 boards on the season.

Nippising Lakers (0-0)
#12 G Megan Elliott (Ottawa, Ont.)
- Elliott is expected to have a big role for the Lakers in her first-season playing OUA basketball
- The Ottawa native is a versatile player, having the ability to play both guard positions and small forward as well

Laurentian Voyageurs (0-0)
#5 G Kayla Deschatelets (Timmins, Ont.)
- The second-year guard is expected to improve on an impressive rookie-campaign in which she was named to the OUA All-Rookie Team
- Playing primarily as a point-guard, the Timmins product averaged 9.1 points per game and dished out 35 assists (2.1 per game) last season


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