Shooting struggles sink WBASK in loss to Western
Despite 15 second-half points by Nicole Morrison, the Hawks fall 69-49 in London

Friday, January 5, 2018 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

LONDON, Ont. (January 5, 2018) – While it would seem unlikely that the cold weather outside the gym would affect the jump shooting inside Alumni Hall, such a cause and effect could be considered with the way the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team struggled offensively on Friday night. The Hawks shot 29 percent from the field, 50 percent from the free-throw line, and 17.4 percent from three-point range in a 69-49 loss to the Western Mustangs.

Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.) was the only Hawk who scored in double digits, finishing with 17 points, 15 of which she picked up in the second half. Second-year forward Tayania Siwek-Smith (Oakville, Ont.) led the team in the rebounding department by bringing down seven boards in her return to the lineup after missing the start of the regular season due to injury. As a team, the Hawks dished out three assists on the night, courtesy of Maya Day (Kitchener, Ont.), Jill Condron (Oakville, Ont.), and Sarah Dillon (Welland, Ont.).

For Western, the Mustangs were led by Victoria Heine (London, Ont.) and Mackenzie Puklicz (London, Ont.) who scored 19 and 17 points respectively, while Heine also led the team by amassing an impressive 13 rebounds. The Mustangs shot 39 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free-throw line, and 35 percent from three in the victory. 

With the win, the Mustangs improve to 7-5 and leapfrog the now 6-5 Hawks for the fourth-best record in the OUA West.

Next up for Laurier is a date with the powerhouse Windsor Lancers who sit atop the OUA West standings, in possession of an 8-3 record. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm at the Athletic Complex in Waterloo. 

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