THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Lakehead University Women’s Basketball team won Friday night. Coach Jon Kreiner commented, “It wasn’t pretty but it was dramatic. Winning a close game early in the season is a huge team builder. We have 6 true freshmen and they all played. Blair McNaughton was great for us tonight. Essa Jacobsen was huge in the post for us. She gave us what we need and she will only get better. In a game as close as this, seeing one of your freshmen have a game like that is encouraging. Next time we play Laurentian will be in Sudbury during league play. Coach Hurley has his team playing hard and smart and we will have to improve many areas if we are to repeat this result.”
The women’s basketball team moved to 2-0 in the pre-season, winning their matchup against the Laurentian Voyageurs 62-60 on Friday evening. Both teams exchanged runs for the duration of the game, no team getting more than a few points ahead of the other, and no shortage of bodies hitting the floor.
The game came down to free throws and taking care of the ball down the stretch, Lakehead having the advantage of Ayse Kalkan, who hit all 4 free throws in the fourth quarter to drive the ‘Wolves to the win.
Laurentian led 32-29 at halftime.
The Laurentian team had 4 players score in double figures, led by Danielle Harris with 13, followed by Devenae Bryce, Rebecca Goodier and Adrienne Moreau who all scored 10 apiece. Bryce, a back up guard, was impressive on the glass grabbing 9 rebounds.
Lakehead was led by Ayse Kalkan with 14 points and 7 rebounds, followed by Essa Jacobsen with 11 points and 6 boards. Kelsey Bardsley dropped 10 points and rookie Blair McNaughton had two 3-pointers and a total of 8 points.
Laurentian plays tomorrow vs. Algoma at 1pm.
Lakehead will finish their John Zanatta Invitational tomorrow evening at 6:00pm against the Manitoba Bisons.