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Forward Darcy Hawkins takes a free throw against George Brown, Jan 30. The women went on to win the game by a huge gap of 54 points.

The Thunder women’s basketball team won 89-36 in their second-highest scoring game of the

season against the George Brown Huskies on Jan. 30.

By doing so, they extended their season record to 11 wins and one loss.

The last time the two teams played back in November, the Thunder beat the Huskies on their

home court 72-48.

The Thunder reached 40 points before the Huskies even reached double digits.

“Everyone contributed so it was nice to see,” said guard and forward Lindsay Whittaker. “Our

rookies stepped up and basically everyone got on the score board.”

The best rookie of the night was guard Amoney Abakar, who scored 12 points.

The defensive part of their game was present on Friday night, allowing only 20 points from

the opposing squad through the first three quarters.

The statistical stars for the Thunder in this game was the team’s captain Felicia Mazerolle, who

led the squad with 16 points.

The Huskies showed the most life in the fourth and final quarter, mustering 16 points to the

Thunder’s 24.

“We’ve improved every game since our loss so making forward progress is all I can ask for,”

said coach Laura Bond of the Thunder.

For the playoffs, the Thunder will play a wildcard cross-over match on Feb. 28, if they remain

in second place in the standings. They will have to win to see the OCAA Championship.

Algonquin will be the host team, for that wild card match, but their opponent is not yet finalized.

It will be dependent on the team’s ranking.

“It could be Niagara,” said Whittaker.

The host team for the OCAA Championship on the March 5-7 weekend will be Centennial

Colts, which gets an automatic bye.

A main rival in the playoffs is the St. Lawrence Vikings, who delivered the Thunder their first

loss in 67 games on Jan. 17.

Laura Bond said there is a lack of adversity in the the regular season when the Thunder is

winning by such large gaps.

“Losing to St. Lawrence is actually a blessing in disguise for us,” said Bond, “It kind of brought

us all back down and it’s made us more hungry.”

Some players think it’s important to have the same mindset going into any game.

“No matter if we’re playing the best or worst team in the league,” said Whittaker, “It’s all about

making ourselves better and preparing ourselves for provincials.”