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PREVIEW: Doubleheader weekend for WBASK against Algoma
The two teams will square off on Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the University of Waterloo's Physical Athletic Complex

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

Game Dates & Times: Friday, January 19 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 20 - 12:00 p.m.
Game Locations: University of Waterloo, Physical Athletics Complex
Live Webcast: OUA.TV

The Low-Down
Hoping to reverse its recent fortunes, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team will look to do so in a doubleheader affair this weekend against the Algoma Thunderbirds. Losers of their last four games, the fifth-placed Hawks will surely welcome the arrival of the Thunderbirds to Waterloo.  The Thunderbirds sit near the bottom of the OUA West, possessing a record of 2-12, and have never won a game against the Hawks, losing all seven times the two schools have faced each other in the past.

Due to flooding at Laurier’s Athletic Complex, both games will be played at the University of Waterloo's Physical Athletics Complex. The first game is scheduled for a 6:00 pm tip-off on Friday night, while the second is set to begin at 12:00 pm on Saturday.

Need to Know
- Laurier won 69-53 and 78-74 in two games played against Algoma in early November last season
- The Hawks lost their most recent game 81-59 against McMaster in Hamilton  on Saturday
- Winless in the 2017 portion of their season, the Thunderbirds have appeared to turn a corner in 2018. The 'Birds are 2-2 in their last four games, winning against Waterloo and Brock

Players to Watch
 
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (6-8)

#6 F Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.)
- The third-year forward scored a season-high 14 points against McMaster, which included shooting 50 percent from three-point range
- The Mississauga native leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.5 per game

#15 F Skye Johns (North Bay, Ont.)
- Listed at 6’1”, Johns is one of Laurier’s tallest players and should be able to use her height advantage against an undersized Thunderbirds team
- A terrific screener, the third-year forward will be counted upon to create space for her teammates on the offensive end 

Algoma Thunderbirds (2-12)

#5 G Karina Cole (Lincoln, MI)
- The American import from Lincoln, Michigan is 21st in the OUA in scoring, averaging 11.6 points per game
- The fourth-year guard shoots exceptionally well from three-point range. She has made 24 three this season while shooting at a clip of 32.4 percent. 


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