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Narrow loss, big win to start season

The Gaels cruised to a 92-70 home win over Waterloo.
The Gaels cruised to a 92-70 home win over Waterloo.
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The Gaels were a few baskets away from a perfect home weekend.

The women’s basketball team opened their season last Friday with a disappointing 68-64 home loss to the Laurier Golden Hawks, but followed up with a 92-70 blowout victory over the Waterloo Warriors on Sunday.

The Gaels’ opening game was tightly contested, with both teams trading leads throughout the night. When the Gaels played the Golden Hawks last season, they lost by a margin of 20 points.

Coach Dave Wilson believes the Golden Hawks’ roster revamp during the offseason was the reason for their close contest.

“They’re working through some new players as well. They also lost a few players in their lineup,” Wilson said.

After missing all of last season with a torn ACL, wing Gemma Bullard was one rebound shy of a double-double, posting 16 points and nine rebounds.

Gaels co-captain Liz Boag scored 16 points and tallied five assists. Doreen Bonsu led the Golden Hawks with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

In Sunday’s win over Waterloo, Boag posted 14 points and dished out eight assists, while fourth-year co-captain Sydney Kernahan scored 20 points and corralled eight rebounds.

Wilson said Kernahan’s come an especially long way since her first year.

“She’s everything you could ask for in a player,” Wilson said.

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