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February 22, 2017Rynkiewicz powers WBASK past Varsity Blues
WATERLOO, Ont. (February 23, 2017) - Second year forward Irena Rynkiewicz scored a team-high 19 points as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team set a school record for most points in a playoff game in an 86-74 first round win over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Wednesday night at the Athletic Complex.
As a team, Laurier shot over 40 percent from the field and hit nine three-pointers as they broke the old team record of 84 points which was set back in 2003 against the Western Mustangs in the OUA West Semifinals.
“I think it has to be our offensive output,” said head coach Paul Falco on what the key to success was for his team against Toronto. “We had 21 assists, which is one of our better numbers of the year. I think we were willing to make the extra pass, find the opener shooter and we were able to knock down shots. When we do that, we’re a tough team to stop. I think we could have done better defensively but the offence was there and that carried us through the game.”
“We were definitely well prepared for this game,” added Rynkiewicz. “We knew what Toronto wanted to do. We came in trying to stop what they wanted to do. It was a bit iffy in the first half but then we got back to it, read the scouting report again and stopped their major threats.”
Meeting in the playoffs for the first time since the OUA Bronze Medal game in 2010, the Hawks and Varsity Blues both came out firing on offence in the first quarter. Through the first seven minutes of the quarter, the lead changed hands five times as the two teams scored almost at will.
However, in the final minutes of the frame, Laurier, the seventh seed in the conference, went on a 12-2 run, keyed by seven points from Rynkiewicz to take a 25-16 lead after 10 minutes.
Toronto, the tenth seed entering the playoffs, was quick to respond as they made their five of their first six shots in the quarter in cut Laurier’s lead to just one.
With momentum slipping away, the Hawks got two big plays from veteran Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., in a matter of seconds. The fifth year guard hit a layup before promptly stealing the inbounds pass and hitting another layup to stabilize her team and help the Hawks take a 41-39 advantage into the half.
The Varsity Blues continued to hang around in the third quarter thanks to the play of fourth year guard Rahshida Atkinson of Scarborough, Ont. Atkinson scored six of her game-high 22 points in the third as Toronto trailed by just four points heading to the fourth.
Needing a response, Laurier got it early in the fourth quarter as a 10-4 run to start the frame, highlighted by three-pointers from Rynkiewicz and rookie Brianna Iannazzo of Thornhill, Ont., opened up a 10-point advantage for the Hawks.
From that point forward, Laurier’s veteran backcourt of Schenck and Nicole Morrison of Hamilton, took over, scoring 12 of the Hawks’ final 16 points to send the purple and gold to the second round of the conference playoffs for the third time in the last four years.
While both teams shot the ball well from the field, with Toronto shooting 44 percent on the evening, the difference for Laurier came at the free throw line. The Blues, who committed the most fouls in the conference this season, were called for 23 in the game, sending the Hawks to the line for 29 attempts. Laurier would make 21 of those attempts while on the other side, the Blues shot just 9-for-21 from the charity stripe.
“It’s been part of our strategy all year no matter who we played,” said Falco on Laurier’s ability to draw contact and get to the free throw line. “It helped our dribble-drive game and attack game and it exposed them a little bit. They were either going to have to foul or give up some open looks.”
Rynkiewicz, a walk-on last season from Mississauga, Ont., and the OUA’s leading three-point shooter in the regular season, was nearly unstoppable in the contest, finishing 7-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-6 from three-point range. She also added six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
“She’s a pretty cool cucumber,” commented Falco on his dynamic guard. “She had the shot going from the outside but she also took some good takes inside which makes her a little tougher to guard. She’s a great shooter so we did a great job of getting her open looks, especially late in the clock when the defence started to pack in, she was open on the perimeter.”
Aside from Rynkiewicz, both Schenck and Morrison also finished in double-figures with Morrison pouring in 16, to go along with four rebounds and four steals, while Schenck added 15 along with four assists and three rebounds.
For Toronto, Charlotte Collyer of Colleyville, Texas, and Diedre Edwards of Hamilton, joined Atkinson in hitting double-figures as Collyer had 13 points and nine rebounds while Edwards added 12 points.
Laurier moves on to play the No. 4 Carleton Ravens in the OUA Quarter-finals next Saturday, February 25. When the two teams met in Waterloo during the regular season, it was the Ravens picking up a 71-60 victory.
“We’re going to have to match their intensity,” said Falco on what it will take to knock off the Ravens. “They’re a team that plays extremely hard on the defensive end, probably the top defensive team in the province, so we’re going to have to find a way to get enough out of our offence. At the same time, we’ll have to find a way to control their three key scorers. We’re going to look at the tape from last time, make some adjustments but I think the big thing for us is to carry this momentum through and have some belief that we can get it done on Saturday.”
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Ravens Nest in Ottawa and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.
February 22, 2017SWIM sending two to U SPORTS Championship
WATERLOO, Ont. (February 22, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks swim team will be sending two swimmers to this week’s U SPORTS Championship, hosted by the Sherbrooke Vert et Or, which get underway on Friday.
The three-day competition runs from February 24 to 26, with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. ET and finals at 6 p.m. ET daily. Live results from all sessions will be available on the championship website and all evening finals will be webcast live on SportsCanada.TV
First year rookie standout Jasmine Raines of Kitchener, Ont., and fourth year veteran Kate Vanderbeek of Hamilton, will represent the purple and gold against the best university swimmers in the country during the course of the three day competition.
Raines enters the event as a medal contender in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events after she won gold in both races at the OUA Championships two weeks ago, becoming the first Golden Hawk since Whitney Rich in 2010 to win multiple gold medals at the conference championship.
The first year health sciences major set an OUA record in the 200m Breaststroke, winning gold in two minutes, 27.63 seconds, and followed that up with a time of 1:09.72 in the 100m. Raines will also compete in the 50m Breaststroke at nationals, an event she finished sixth in at the Ontario championship, as well as the 200m Individual Medley.
As for Vanderbeek, she heads to her fourth national championship where she will swim in the all three distances in the Backstroke, as well as the 200m Individual Medley and the 50m Butterfly. Her best result at the U SPORTS Championship came in her rookie year when she finished seventh in the 50m Backstroke, her specialty.
Vanderbeek is coming off a sixth place finish at the OUA Championship in the 50m Backstroke, thanks to a time of 29.50, and an eighth place showing in the 100m after a time of 1:03.74.
Laurier has not had an individual medalist at the national championship since Kristy MacLennan won bronze in the 200m Butterfly back in 2005.
February 22, 2017Hall earns U SPORTS Athlete of the Week nod
TORONTO (U SPORTS) – Sarah Bujold from the StFX X-Women and Matt Hall of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks are the ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending February 19, 2017.
Bujold, a third-year year human kinetics student from Riverview, N.B., recorded seven points in StFX’s two-game sweep of Dalhousie in the AUS quarterfinals. The X-Women forward scored two goals and added two assists in last Thursday’s 6-2 win over the Tigers. On Saturday, Bujold tallied another pair of goals while setting up a third as StFX took the series with a 7-1 victory.
The seven-point performance comes a week after Bujold won the U SPORTS women’s hockey scoring race this season, with 43 points in 24 regular season games.
Hockey players Marie-Pier Chabot of the Montreal Carabins and Kaitlin Willoughby from the Saskatchewan Huskies, along with Laurentian Voyageurs curler Sara Guy were also nominated for the women’s award.
Hall, a second-year fin. math major from Kitchener, Ont., guided Laurier to a 10-0 record to earn their third straight OUA Men’s Curling Championship. The Golden Hawks skip drew to the button twice on the road to the title, clinching a 6-5 quarterfinal win against Carleton and a 5-3 victory over Queen’s in the championship match. With the win, Hall and the Golden Hawks advance to the U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships at the Fort William Curling Club in Thunder Bay, Ont., March 19-22.
Hockey players Bryson Cianfrone of the StFX X-Men and Connor Rankin from the Mount Royal Cougars, as well as Laval Rouge et Or basketball player Joël Muamba were the other male nominees.
AUS: Sarah Bujold, hockey, StFX (recipient)
RSEQ: Marie-Pier Chabot, hockey, Montreal
OUA: Sara Guy, curling, Laurentian
CWUAA: Kaitlin Willoughby, hockey, Saskatchewan
AUS: Bryson Cianfrone, hockey, StFX
RSEQ: Joël Muamba, basketball, Laval
OUA: Matt Hall, curling, Wilfrid Laurier (recipient)
CWUAA: Connor Rankin, hockey, Mount Royal
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February 22, 2017AC Water Shutdown - Thursday Feb. 23rd
Please be advised on Thursday February 23, 2017, from 7:00pm until 7:30am, a water shut down will occur affecting both domestic hot and cold water services, to all of the Athletic Complex. Building life safety systems will not be affected. The shutdown is required to facilitate plumbing repairs.
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February 22, 2017PREVIEW: WBASK opens playoffs against Toronto
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, February 22 - 7 p.m.
Game Location: Athletic Complex Gym, Waterloo
Live Webcast: OUA.tv
Live Audiocast: RadioLaurier.com
Tickets: tickets.laurierathletics.com or available at the door
THE LOW DOWN
The seventh-seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (13-7) open up their quest for the Critelli Cup on Wednesday night when they host the tenth-seeded Toronto Varsity Blues (7-12) in the first round of the OUA playoffs.
- Laurier and Toronto met once during the regular season with the Hawks rallying to knock off the Varsity Blues 74-67 at the Athletic Complex
- in that contest, the purple and gold trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half before storming back, extending their win streak to four at the time
LAST PLAYOFF MEETING
- the Hawks and Blues last squared off in the playoffs back in 2010-11 when the two teams met in the OUA Bronze Medal game
- playing at home, Toronto used home court to their advantage as they picked up 62-54 victory on the strength on a big second-half performance
LAURIER KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Win the Back Court Battle
- the Golden Hawks are blessed with the highest-scoring back court duo in the conference this season in Kaitlyn Schenck (Kitchener, Ont.) and Nicole Morrison (Hamilton) who averaged 30.3 points per game
- however, Toronto is able to counter with a formidable duo of their own in Rahshida Atkinson (Scarborough, Ont.) and Keyira Parkes (Scarborough, Ont.) who average 23.1 points per game
- Laurier will need their veteran guards to be at their very best to get by Toronto on Wednesday
2. Control the Glass
- Laurier is in the bottom-half of the conference this year when it comes to rebounding, ranked 12th, while Toronto finished the year in sixth
- in their only meeting this season, the Varsity Blues were able to keep the game close thanks to their heavy edge on the boards, outrebounding Laurier 58-32
- with Toronto holding a height advantage in the front court, the Hawks will need to be strong in their box outs and rebound as a team in order to limit this advantage for Toronto
3. Get to the Line
- Laurier got to the free throw line more than any other team in the OUA this season, and used it to their advantage, finishing seventh in the conference in free throw shooting percentage
- facing a team that committed more fouls than any other team in the conference, look for the Hawks to get into the paint against the Blues and take advantage of their ability to hurt teams with their free throw shooting
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (13-7)
G Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.)
- while Schenck and Morrison will get most of the focus of Toronto’s defensive plan, the biggest key for Laurier tonight could be the play of Rynkiewicz
- playing key minutes against the opposing team bigs, Rynkiewicz’s ability to stretch the defence was evident all season as she led the conference in three-point shooting percentage at 40.7 percent
F Tayania Siwek-Smith (Oakville, Ont.)
- the rookie forward has slowly earned the trust of her head coach, Paul Falco, as the season has progressed, starting the team’s last seven games while averaging almost 20 minutes a night
- over that time, Siwek-Smith is averaging over two blocks per game while shooting nearly 38 percent from the floor
Toronto Varsity Blues (7-12)
G Rahshida Atkinson (Scarborough, Ont.)
- the Hawks will be keying in on shutting down the fourth year guard tonight after she poured in 23 points while shooting 53 percent from the field in their regular season meeting
F Charlotte Collyer (Colleyville, Texas)
- second year forward was a handful for Laurier in their regular season meeting, finishing with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, well above her season averages of 8.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game