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The Lakehead men’s and women’s basketball teams will take on the McMaster Marauders this Friday and Saturday night at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse. Friday night, the Thunderdome will be hosting Bell Let’s Talk night to help break the stigma about mental health. On Saturday night the Wolves will be hosting their annual ‘Think Pink: Shoot for the Cure’ game, where they will be raising money and awareness towards breast cancer.
Women’s Basketball (12-6)
McMaster (14-4) is first in the OUA West and ranks 6th in the U SPORTS. The Marauders are on an 8 game winning streak and their 4 losses come from earlier in the year against Queen’s, Ryerson, Carleton, and Ottawa.
The Thunderwolves are currently third in the OUA West after two tough losses to second place Windsor over the past weekend.
Coach Jon Kreiner:
“This weekend is an important weekend as we, as a department, support Bell Let’s Talk and Shoot for the Cure initiatives. We also have the 6th ranked team in Canada coming to the Thunderdome. McMaster graduated the best player in the country (Boiago) and all-star post (Kenny) from last season but hasn’t skipped a beat. Hilary Hanaka and Linnaea Harper have stepped up and have done a great job. McMaster also has a super rookie in Sarah Gates who is a terrific scorer and rebounder. That, along with an improved post Olivia Wilson, McMaster has kept their fast-paced, dribble attack, tough-nosed defensive engine running as strong as ever. They are really shooting and rebounding the ball well. They also have a tremendous compete factor, coming up with most 50/50 balls. We have struggled this past weekend in that department so we will have to find a way to compete with a team that will look to put us on our heels.”
The women will be wearing their pink jerseys on Saturday to raise awareness for breast cancer and donations can be made throughout the week and during the game with 100% of the proceeds being put towards breast cancer research in Northern Ontario.
Last year, the Thunderwolves managed to receive over $4,000 of donations that were put towards the cause.
Click Here to make a donation online
Men’s Basketball (2-16)
McMaster has a record of 4-14 and is one spot above the Thunderwolves on the OUA West leaderboard. The Marauders have a couple key players averaging over 12 points per game.
“This weekend will be another great test for our team going against McMaster. Coach PT is a great coach and I’m sure he will have them ready to compete. Mac has two really talented guards in David McCulloch and Miles Seward, we’re going to have to work to contain them in the half-court and pick them up early in transition. More than anything we have to concern ourselves with controlling what we can control which is our effort on the glass and ability to take care of the ball.”- Coach Ryan Thomson
The men’s team will be looking to redeem themselves after losing two to Windsor over the weekend.
Friday, February 2 (Bell Let’s Talk) vs. McMaster @ C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse
6:00pm – Women
8:00pm – Men
Saturday, February 3 (Think Pink) vs. McMaster @ C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse
6:00pm – Women
8:00pm – Men
Games will be broadcasted via OUA.tv
With the women’s volleyball Think Pink game happening earlier in the day at 2:00pm, tickets will be sold at $12 for adults and $5 for student/senior to get access to all games during the day (Volleyball and Basketball). Tickets must be purchased at the volleyball game.