WATERLOO, Ont. (from Laurier Athletics) – On Friday evening, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team put on a show as they shot the lights out from the field and earned a 67-50 victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds.
Laurier entered the contest having ended up on the wrong end of their previous four games, but against the Thunderbirds, they looked like a different team. A primary issue throughout their losing streak was a lack of efficiency from three-point range, with the team shooting under 20 percent from beyond the arc in every game. On Friday however, the Hawks were on fire from distance as they converted on 8 of 21 attempts from deep, shooting a clip of 38.1 percent.
Four of those three-pointers belonged to Welland native Sarah Dillon, who finished with 13 points coming off of the bench. The Hawks leading scorer was Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.) as she produced 17 points and added two threes of her own. The fifth-year guard also dished out a game-high seven assists.
For the season, Morrison has now scored exactly 300 points, becoming just the third player in school history to accomplish the feat twice. She also eclipsed 300 points when she finished the 2015-16 season with 312.
For Algoma, the Thunderbirds were led offensively by Marlee Ball (Waterdown, Ont.) and Karina Cole (Lincoln, Mi.). The pair combined to score almost half of the team’s points as Ball had 12 and Cole picked up 11. The latter also led the team in assists with four.
Compared to the opposition, the Thunderbirds struggled from three-point distance, shooting at a clip of 20.7 percent. Laurier also won the overall field-goal percentage, shooting an impressive 41 percent from the floor compared to 29 percent by Algoma.
The two teams will square off for a rematch Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. at the University of Waterloo’s Physical Athletics Complex.