Lady Thunderwolves Showed Huge Heart
THUNDER BAY – Sports – The women’s basketball team had plenty of heart, but couldn’t quite make a complete comeback on Think Pink: Shoot for the Cure night in the Thunderdome, losing 72-63 to the McMaster Marauders.
Both teams brought hustle and toughness to the game from the opening tip, with the visitors capitalizing on some offensive rebounds early on, although both teams were aggressively rebounding. Lakehead finished with 10 o-boards, while McMaster got 11 second chance opportunities on the offensive glass.
The Marauders took a 41-31 lead into the locker room at halftime and couldn’t be budged much in the second half. This was despite Lakehead’s best efforts, which were buoyed by a great shooting performance from Katie Ulakovic, who hit 4 three pointers and finished with 14 points.
Jylisa Williams scored 19 points with 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the ‘Wolves yet again.
For McMaster, Danielle Boiago scored a game-high 22 points, Hailey Milligan scored 12 points with 7 rebounds and Elizabeth Burns scored 13.
Coach Jon Kreiner after the game stated, “From the warm up it was apparent McMaster was going to bring their ‘A’ game tonight. They are very well coached and have a great team, worthy of a top 10 position. We struggled early in the game against McMaster’s pace on offence and they did a much better job against our half court pressure. I am very proud of Katie Ulakovic for stepping up tonight. She has worked harder than anyone this year on her own and deserved a break-out shooting game.”
The women’s team turns their focus to a double header on the road against Laurier next weekend.
The annual Think Pink: *Shoot for the Cure* games at Lakehead have raised over $26,000 since beginning 5 years ago. All funds raised go towards cancer care and research in Northern Ontario.