Balanced Attack Lifts Lakehead Women to Win
THUNDER BAY – Lakehead University Sports – The Lakehead University women’s basketball team evened their record to 6-6 on Saturday evening with an 87-59 win over the Waterloo Warriors.
It was with a balanced attack and aggressive rebounding that the ‘Wolves would create separation early in the game, leading 19-14 after 1 quarter and 37-25 at halftime. Essa Jacobsen (Grand Marais, MN) was omni-present on the offensive glass, grabbing 8 offensive boards in the first half. She would finish with 13 points and 12 rebounds (11 offensive).
The third quarter would feature more of the same, as Lakehead pounded the glass, eventually finishing the game with a 57-29 rebounding advantage.
Five Thunderwolves scored in double figures, led by Jylisa Williams with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Ayse Kalkan nearly had a double-double as well, scoring 14 points with 9 rebounds.
Sophomore Katelyn Zen (North Bay, Ont.) had a career- best 10 points (5-of-6 FG) with 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Waterloo was led by Kristen Osbourne with 14 points.
Coach Jon Kreiner said, “Tonight was a great team effort. Offensively we did a great job moving the ball. Our starting perimeter players had 14 assists and 6 turnovers and that carried over with our bench. Cassandra and Jerika looked really good together late in the game and our two Katelyn’s (Andrea & Zen) did exactly what we need them to do off the bench (8/9 FG, 16 pts, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals).”
Lakehead stays at home next weekend for two games against Western.