(London, Ontario) – On Friday night, in their final regular season home game of the year, the Fanshawe Women's Basketball team (12-5) defeated the Niagara Knights (12-6) by a final score of 73-59. The Falcons are in third place in the OCAA West Division and are ranked #5 in Ontario.
The Falcons scored on the opening possession of the game but four quick points by the Knights gave Niagara the early lead. With the game tied 4-4, the Knights hit a three-pointer from the corner but Fanshawe's Mikhalia Wright came back on the next play and hit one of her own to tie the game once again. The Falcons took the lead on a pair of free throws by Wright and led by as many as six in the quarter. Fanshawe led 18-14 after one quarter of play, with Wright scoring 12 points. In the second, after Niagara closed the gap to two, Fanshawe's Ali Vlasman hit a runner in the lane plus made a free throw to push the Falcons lead back to five. Fanshawe continued to push on offense and extended the lead to 17 after Anique Daley hit a three-pointer from just past half court as the halftime buzzer went off. The Falcons shot a blistering 57.7% from the field in the half and led 39-22.
Early in the third, Fanshawe led by as many as 19. The Knights put up a 5-0 run but Fanshawe still led by 16 with five minutes left in the quarter. A pair of banked three-pointers by the Knights closed the gap to just 10 with one minute left in the third. Heading to the final quarter, the Falcons led 54-42. With five minutes left in the game, Fanshawe still held a 14 point lead. The Knights started to take the ball inside the paint and slowly chipped away at the Falcons lead. Niagara got as close as nine, 62-53, but down the stretch, Fanshawe made their shots and won the game by a final score of 73-59.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Mikhalia Wright – 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Anique Daley – 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
Ali Vlasman – 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists
Niagara's Top Performers:
Courtney McPherson – 21 points, 13 rebounds
Alyssa McCabe – 12 points, 7 rebounds
Next up, Fanshawe plays their final regular season game of the year on Tuesday, February 21, when they travel to Hamilton, Ontario to take on the CCAA #13 ranked Mohawk Mountaineers (12-4).
The Fanshawe Falcons are proud to host the 2017 CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship from March 9-11. Tournament passes are now on sale for $30 at the front gate of all Fanshawe Falcons home games, at the Fanshawe Athletics office (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) as well as the Fanshawe Biz Booth (Monday to Thursday, 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-7pm). Falcons Platinum Packs are also available at the Fanshawe Athletics office for $100 and include a premium reserved seat along the baseline, special pass holder's entrance and access to the new Falcons Suite, which will have free pizza and a cash bar during Falcons evening games.
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