PREVIEW: WBASK set to host York and Queen's
The Hawks hope home-court advantage propels them to victory over two OUA East opponents
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Posted by Matthew Strapp
Game Dates/Times: Friday, November 17 - 6 p.m. (vs York); Saturday, November 18 - 6 p.m. (vs Queen's)
Game Locations: Athletic Complex Gym
Live Webcast/Stats: OUA.tv
Live Audiocast: RadioLaurier.com
Tickets: tickets.laurierathletics.com or at the Hawk Desk on game day
THE LOW DOWN
With games this upcoming Friday and Saturday evening, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team hopes to build on their current 3-2 record. On Friday night, the Hawks will host the York Lions before a Saturday evening showdown with the No. 10 Queen’s Gaels. Both games are scheduled for 6:00 pm tip-offs at the Athletic Complex.
NEED TO KNOW
- The Hawks came out on opposite ends of the scoreboard in their games last weekend. On Friday, they defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 87-83, but fell the following night to the No. 4 team in the country, the Carleton Ravens 77-50.
- Last weekend was a memorable one for guard Nicole Morrison. The fifth-year guard out of Hamilton surpassed 1,000 points for her career, then moved past Kaitlyn Schenck (Kitchener, Ont.) for third on the team’s all-time scoring leaderboard.
- Laurier sit tied for third place in the OUA West standings, behind only the Windsor Lancers and the Lakehead Thunderwolves.
- By defeating Algoma in their previous game, York snapped a two-game losing streak. They are tied for fourth in the OUA East standings, possessing a 3-2 record on the year.
- The Hawks have won four of their last five games against the Lions, including an 87-57 victory last season in Toronto
- Ranked as the 10th best team in the country, the Gaels have come out of the gates on fire to start the season. Currently possessing an undefeated record of 4-0, they are only behind the Ravens (5-0) for the best record in the entire OUA.
- Laurier and Queen’s have split their last four meetings, with each team winning two games.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (3-2)
#5 G Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.)
- Laurier’s third-best scorer of all-time ranks fourth in points per game in the OUA this season, averaging 17.8 .
- The Hamilton product is more than just a scoring threat. She is arguably the best playmaker in the OUA, averaging a league-leading 5.6 assists per contest.
#11 G Lauren Jamieson (Oakville, Ont.)
- The fourth-year guard is off to an impressive start this season shooting the ball. She has made eight threes through five games at a clip of 47.1% (8th best percentage in the OUA).
- Standing tall at 5-11, Jamieson has shown to be an exceptional rebounder at the shooting guard position. She leads the team in rebounds, averaging 5.6 per game.
York Lions (2-3)
#8 F Lindsay Shotbolt (Markham, Ont.)
- Although the Lions have a losing record, it can be argued that Shotbolt has been the league’s most valuable player to start the season.
- The 6-0 forward is averaging a double-double at 17.6 and 10.0 rebounds per game. The most impressive aspect of her play has been that she has shot an efficient 57.4% from the field.
No. 10 Queen’s Gaels (4-0)
#14 F Andre Priamo (Guelph, Ont.)
- Speaking of efficiency, Priamo holds the fourth-best field-goal percentage in the OUA at 61.0%
- The fifth-year forward is averaging 16.0 points per game
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