WATERLOO, Ont. (Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks) – Despite suffering a 74-56 defeat against the Guelph Gryphons on Sunday afternoon, it was a Senior’s Day to remember for Nicole Morrison (Hamilton) and the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team.
Entering the game, Morrison needed only 13 points to tie Meaghan McGrath’s Golden Hawks record of 425 points scored in a single season. The fifth-year guard ended up scoring 14, breaking the single-season record and moving within 13 points of McGrath’s career record of 1,371 points. Morrison will look to surpass McGrath’s career mark next weekend when the Hawks take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves for two games to close out the regular season.
As evidenced by her recording the fourth most assists in the OUA this year and more than 300 in her career, Morrison is not just a tremendous scorer but also a willing passer. On Sunday, she finished with a game-high seven assists, in addition to picking up six rebounds.
On Senior’s Day, it was fitting that another senior joined Morrison in the double-digit scoring club against Guelph as Sarah Dillon finished with 10 points. A terrific three-point shooter, Dillon proved on Sunday why she has come to be known as a long-range threat throughout her five years as a Golden Hawk. The Welland, ON native knocked down two triples on six attempts and finished with 10 points.
For Guelph, the Gryphons were powered by the trio of Ashley Wheeler (Stratford, Ont.), Sarah Holmes (Welland, Ont.) and Ivana Vudjadinovic (Burlington, Ont.). Wheeler led the way with 16 points, Holmes had 13 and Vujadinovic finished with 12.
For Holmes, the third-year guard had a monster afternoon on the boards, as she brought down 16 rebounds for the double-double.
At halftime, an emotional ceremony took place to honour Laurier’s seniors. Morrison, Dillon, Lauren Jamieson (Oakville, Ont.), Alex Spadaro (Grimsby, Ont.), Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.) and Melissa Pare (LaSalle, Ont.) were all recognized for their career accomplishments while wearing the purple-and-gold.
With the loss, the Hawks (10-12) slipped back into sixth place in the OUA west while the Gryphons (12-10) extend their lead over Laurier for the fifth position.
With two games left in the regular season, the playoff picture is beginning to shape into place. The Hawks’ two games against the third-seeded Lakehead Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay next weekend will serve as a preview for a first-round playoff matchup between the two schools.
The first game of the weekend doubleheader will be played at 6 p.m. ET Friday night, live on OUA.tv.