Women win, men lose second night of basketball games

The Thunderwolves women’s basketball team won their Saturday-night game against the Laurentian Voyageurs 75-51, and now sit at 4-0 in regular-season play. Lakehead started the game slowly, losing the first quarter 13-18, but took a one point lead into the half, and finished the game with a 17-7 final frame.

“Super happy with our team’s performance tonight,” Thunderwolves head coach Jon Kreiner said. “We had to battle early foul trouble with Leashja, Nikki, and Tiffany, and we found a way to come up with a lead at the half after getting down early. We played great team D in the second half, and Nikki set the tone with some deep threes.”

Leashja Grant paced the Thunderwolves with 22 points, and Nikki Ylagan added 19, including five three-pointers in seven attempts. Laurentian was led by Kayla Deschatelets and Emily Tinnes, who put up 17 and 14 points respectively.

The Thunderwolves pressured Laurentian on both sides of the ball, forcing 17 turnovers on defense, including 12 Lakehead steals, and handing out 12 assists as a team.

“I’m very proud of our team this weekend,” Kreiner said.

The Thunderwolves men’s team came up short against Laurentian, losing 101-81 in the high-scoring match. Lakehead was led by Kevin Ndahiro, who tossed in 18 points, Isaiah Traylor, who added 15 of his own, and Davarius Wright, who grabbed 10 rebounds in addition to his 11 points.

Laurentian was led by guard Kadre Gray, who scored 48 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists in the win.

“This was a game we should learn from going forward,” Thunderwolves head coach Ryan Thomson said. “Sometimes calls don’t go your way and we have to find the maturity to stay level and keep playing through adversity.”

The loss marks another split weekend for the men’s squad, and drops them to 2-2 on the season.

“It was an encouraging weekend overall,” Thomson said.

The Thunderwolves basketball squads have a bye next weekend, and will next face the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in Ottawa on November 16th and 17th.

All away games are available via OUA.TV webcast.

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