Lady Thunderwolves Off to Win in Basketball Season Opener

Williams Torches Gaels for 42 to Open Season
Williams Torches Gaels for 42 to Open Season

Williams Torches Gaels for 42 to Open Season
Williams Torches Gaels for 42 to Open Season
THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – Jylisa Williams was a one-woman wrecking crew on Friday night, scoring over half of her team’s points and leading the Thunderwolves to an 82-76 win over the Queen’s Gaels.

Williams’ 42-point effort eclipses her single-game point record (39), which she set in her first game in January 2014. Add to her stat line Friday 8 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. Williams went 16-25 from the field and 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

“Jylisa was unbelievable tonight,” said coach Jon Kreiner. “I haven’t witnessed a performance like that against a quality opponent in my life.”

Halftime score 40-27 for Lakehead, Williams scoring 18 in the first 20 minutes.

Post Essa Jacobsen shot 50% from the field, scoring 10 points to go with 11 rebounds. Katie Ulakovic hit some timely 3-pointers, going 3-of-5 from three and finishing with 10 points.

For Queen’s, Liz Boag and Emily scored 19 points each, but could do little to contain Williams on the other end of the court.

Lakehead stretched their lead to 15 points early in the 3rd quarter, but Queen’s would battle back to make it close down the stretch. Katelyn Andrea and Williams would connect on all of their free throws in clutch time to seal the win.

Kreiner continues, “This was a huge win for us as we play four of our first 5 games against top 10 teams. I was also very happy with just how hard everyone worked tonight. We need to contain the ball and not foul as much but this was a very good start to the season for us.”

The women’s team takes on the York Lions tomorrow evening at 6pm.

Webcast will be available via OUA TV, and audio broadcast via CILU Radio, 102.7 FM.

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