WBASK fails to contain York in 69-58 loss
Rachel Woodburn's career-high four steals not enough to propel the Hawks to victory

Friday, November 17, 2017 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

WATERLOO, Ont. (November 17, 2017) - On Friday night, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team suffered a 69-58 defeat to the visiting York Lions.

Despite 14 points by Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.) and a career-best four steals by Rachel Woodburn (Ajax, Ont.), Laurier didn’t have an answer for York’s front-court tandem of Lindsay Shotbolt (Markham, Ont.) and Megan MacLeod (Niagara Falls, Ont.).

Standing tall at 6-0, Shotbolt showed why she’s averaging a double-double on the season. The fifth-year forward picked up another one against the Hawks, finishing with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Her teammate MacLeod, another 6-0 forward, garnered 14 points. Both players shot 60 percent from the field, while the team shot an efficient 42.2 percent overall. Despite struggling on the inside, the Hawks did force the Lions into tough looks from behind the arc as York only made 25.0 percent of their attempts from downtown. 

Similar to Shotbolt, the Hawks countered with a double-double of their own through the performance of Irena Rynkiewicz (Missisauaga, Ont.). The Mississauga native collected her first such performance of the year, scoring 10 points and bringing down 12 rebounds. She finished second on the team in the scoring department, only behind Morrison’s 19. By scoring in the double-digits, Morrison should keep her spot as the fourth-highest scorer in the league.

As for Woodburn, her four steals tied a career high matched only in a showdown against McMaster last season.

The Hawks, as a team however, struggled in the shooting department as they shot 26.5 percent from the field and 29.2 pecent from three-point range. 

Both teams now hold a 3-3 record on the year. With the win, York moves up to fifth in the OUA East standings while the Hawks sit fourth position in the OUA West.

Up next for Laurier is a matchup with the 10th ranked team in the country, the Queen’s Gaels. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. tomorrow night at the Athletic Complex. 

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