Thunderwolves VS Toronto Varsity Blues
February 20, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Varsity Blues
‘Wolves Win 74-69 Over Blues
Hugh Mullally | Basketball (W)
The women’s basketball team found a way to win in their final home game of the season, 74-69 over the Toronto Varsity Blues.
After a sluggish start to the game, the ‘Wolves closed out the first half strong, leading 31-27 at halftime.
Cassandra Soulias came off the bench to provide a boost for the home side, going 3-for-3 from behind the arc late in the game, and finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Jerika Baldin made an impressive 12 assists in the win, but was limited to 1-of-7 shooting from the field. Foul trouble early in the game limited Baldin’s minutes early, but Soulias stepped up to provide some stability at the point.
Bridget O’Reilly had the ‘green light’ from deep, putting up 17 shots from long range, hitting 5 of them and finishing with 20 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute of play.
Lakehead had a 10 point lead for much of the second half, but the Blues crept back within striking distance late in the fourth. Luckily for Lakehead, their shooters were on point and responded with a three-ball from Soulias or O’Reilly whenever Toronto got within 4 or 5 points.
Katelyn Andrea finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Toronto was short on players on Saturday, with just eight players dressed for the game, who were outnumbered by their coaches and training staff on the Blues’ bench.
Rahshida Atkinson put together an impressive game, scoring 19 points for the Blues, while Abena Addo scored 15 points with 9 rebounds.
Coach Jon Kreiner:
“Great team win tonight. We couldn’t shake Toronto but we found a way to finish. Cassandra Soulias made some key shots down the stretch and Katelyn Andrea had another double double. We had open looks that didn’t fall in the first half but we kept working hard and hit some big shots in the second. This was particularity special with Essa’s and Emily’s senior night. We have a great group of young players and they have left a great legacy of perseverance and determination.”
The women’s team completes their season next week on the road against Western and Windsor.
Emily Lerrette and Essa Jacobsen was honored in a ceremony to recognize their graduation and contribution to the ‘Wolves in their careers at Lakehead. They were both unable to play this season due to injury.