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Balanced attack helps WBASK cruise past Brock
Four players score in double figures as the Hawks move within one game of clinching a playoff berth with 73-58 victory

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

WATERLOO, Ont. (February 1, 2018) – With a stellar performance against the Brock Badgers on Wednesday evening, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team edged closer to securing a playoff berth in the OUA West. The Hawks led after every quarter against the Badgers and came away with a comfortable 73-58 victory, avenging their defeat against the St. Catharines-based school at the beginning of the season.

Once again, Nicole Morrison led the way for the Hawks. The fifth-year guard out of Hamilton racked up 18 points and continues to inch closer to breaking two school records. After her performance today, she is only 46 points shy of the 1371 career points scored by the current record-holder Meghan McGrath, in addition to being only 32 points back of McGrath’s single-season scoring record of 425. 

Not to be overlooked, the Hawks were powered by significant contributions from their supporting cast. First-year guard Maya Day (Kitchener, Ont.) showcased her versatility by picking up 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists in arguably the best all-around game of her rookie season. Rachel Woodburn, a second-year guard out Ajax, showed why she was named to the OUA All-Rookie team last season as she poured in 10 points, in addition to bringing down seven rebounds.

Sarah Dillon (Welland, Ont.) also scored 10 points, while Lauren Jamieson (Oakville, Ont.) amassed seven points and collected a team-high eight rebounds.

For Brock, the Badgers were powered by the 16 points and 16 rebounds of Courtney McPherson (Welland, Ont.).The fourth-year forward shot 7-15 from the field and 2-5 from the foul-line. 

With the victory, the Hawks improve to 10-9 on the year, and further separate themselves from the teams chasing them in the standings. As a result of the win, the purple and gold continue to hold down the fifth position in the OUA West, while extending their lead over the sixth-placed Guelph Gryphons to two games.

The Western Mustangs, the fourth seed in the division, won as well on Wednesday night and improved to 11-8, keeping their one-game lead over the Hawks intact. With only five games remaining, the Hawks will attempt to push past the Mustangs during the upcoming stretch and clinch the highly-sought after fourth seed. Whoever finishes in the fourth spot in the division is awarded a first round playoff home game. 

Up next for the Hawks is a tough matchup with the No. 9 Windsor Lancers on Friday. The Lancers are second in the OUA West, have won three straight games and possess a record of 14-4 on the season.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 pm at the St. Denis Centre in Windsor and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.


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