Mountaineers handed third exhibition setback in women’s hoops

You know you ran into a strong opponent when one player virtually outscored your entire team.

That’s what Mohawk Mountaineers women’s basketball team experienced Tuesday night in an exhibition game against Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks. Hawks took the game, played at Mohawk’s Brantford campus, 89-21 and Laurier’s Kandice Baptiste dropped 20 points.

Lisa Marie Iavarone (Hamilton, St. Thomas More) had seven points for the Mountaineers.

Laurier plays in the Ontario University Athletics league and Mohawk competes in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.

Tuesday’s defeat is the third pre-season setback for the Mountaineers. They lost a pair of games on the weekend – 65-54 to College Nouvelles-Frontieres of Gatineau, Quebec, and 80-54 to Montreal’s John Abbot College.

Both games were played under FIBA rules which include a 24-second shot clock instead of 30, and quarters instead of two halves.

Against Nouvelles-Frontieres, Iavarone, who transferred from the University Manitoba, had 15 points for the visiting Mountaineers. Katie Goodburn (Chatham McGregor) added 10 more, while returnees Melissa Zwolak and Rachel Boyce, had eight and seven points respectively.

Against Abbott, Iavarone paced Mohawk with 14 points, Erinn Belot had 13, Zwolak had 10 and Jennifer Snider, eight.

Mountaineers opens regular season play in the OCAA’s West Region on Oct. 27 when Mohawk is home to Sault Ste. Marie’s Algoma University College. Tipoff at the Fennell Gym is 6 p.m. Following the women’s game, the men will play the Thunderbirds at 8 p.m.