Laurentian; Lisa Furchner: 26pts, 9reb, 2stl, 11-16fg
Waterloo; Saraya Hickey: 11pts, 3stl, 2ast, 5-11fg
Sudbury, ON – In a contest that would end the winless streak of one of the two teams, the Laurentian Lady Vs (1-5) would finally grace the win column after dominating the Waterloo Warriors (0-6) en route to an 85-50 victory on Saturday.
Still reeling after a hard-fought but fruitless effort the previous evening, Laurentian took it to Waterloo from the tip-off, racking up 25 points in the first quarter while their relentless defence limited the Warriors to six points. The second quarter brought much of the same from the rolling Lady Vs, who netted another 26 points, eventually ending the half with a 29 point advantage. The Warriors’ defence was more impressive to begin a third quarter in which they managed to outscore Laurentian by a point, but their intensity faded late in the game as they dropped their sixth straight game to remain winless on the season.
The stifling Lady V defence forced Waterloo to commit 30 turnovers and kept them shooting an atrocious 31.7% from the field. On the other side of the ball, Laurentian’s offence showed the polish they’d been lacking so far this season. While lately they have been turning the ball over with sloppy perimeter and post passing, tonight they had a season- high 23 assists on 33 made field-goal attempts.
Veteran forward Lisa Furchner put on a clinic with her efficient mid-range and post offence, scoring 26 points on 11-16 shooting. This was her third game this season with at least 19 points. Second-year guard Katie Goggins had perhaps her most impressive game at the point this season. Despite failing to make a field goal, Goggins continued to be the vocal leader and ran the offense well, dishing out a season-high seven dimes while committing only one turnover. Saraya Hickey was the only player to reach double-figure scoring for Waterloo, hitting on 5 of her 11 field goal attempts and scoring in double-digits for the second time this season.
In their meeting last season, Laurentian triumphed in an 88-69 road victory.
Laurentian will hope to harness the confidence from this win in their upcoming game versus Guelph, while Waterloo will aim for their first win when they face Toronto