Morrison scores 31 in big win for WBASK
Golden Hawks move back to .500 following 75-48 victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

WATERLOO, Ont. (January 21, 2018) - On Saturday afternoon, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team took care of business in the back-end of their doubleheader matchup against the Algoma Thunderbirds as they rode a 31-point performance from Nicole Morrison to secure a 75-48 victory.

A close first quarter that featured the Hawks outscoring the Thunderbirds 12-10 was not indicative of how the rest of the game played out. Instead, the Hawks overwhelmed their counterparts in the final three quarters, outscoring the Thunderbirds 63-38 during that stretch, highlighted by a 29-15 outburst in the second quarter.

It was another incredible performance by Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.). The fifth-year guard filled out the stats sheet with 31 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds. With her 31-point output, Laurier’s third all-time leading scorer surpassed her previous single season scoring record, moving to 331 points on the year, well ahead of her 312 points from 2015-16 with eight games still to play.

The all-time single season record for the Golden Hawks is held by former great Meghan McGrath who scored 425 points all the way back in 2005-06.

In a supporting role, Brianna Iannazzo was a key contributor coming off of the bench for Laurier. The second-year Thornhill native produced 14 points, including two made threes.  On the other end, Algoma, guard Karla Fracalanza (Sarnia, Ont.) was the only player who reached double-digits in points for the Thunderbirds. The combo guard finished with 13 points, nine of those coming from beyond the three-point arc. 

The Hawks had a sizeable advantage in the turnover category. The Thunderbirds committed 23 giveaways to which the Hawks repeatedly took advantage, scoring several baskets in transition. On the other end, the Hawks turned it over 12 times.

With the win, Laurier improves to 8-8 on the year, and moves into a tie with Wester for fourth place in the OUA West. Algoma now have a record of 2-14, holding on to the second last spot in the division standings.

Next up for the Hawks is a Wednesday morning showdown in the annual School Day Game. Over 1000 elementary school students will pack the Kitchener Auditorium for an 11 a.m. tip-off between the Hawks and the No. 8 McMaster Marauders. 

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