By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
AFTER another win against a U Sports ranked opponent, Leashja Grant and the Lakehead Thunderwolves head into the winter break with a national ranking of their own.
The Thunderwolves (9-1) pushed their win streak to five games with an 84-71 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday and were ranked No.10 in the latest edition of the U Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10.
Grant finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds.
Lakehead began the weekend with a win over the No.2 ranked team in the U Sports poll, 72-63 over the Ryerson Rams. It was the second win for the Thunderwolves this season over a top 10 team.
Grant ranks third in U Sports in points (22.3) and rebounds (12.7) per game.
Lakehead continues its season of milestone wins for the programme.
Earlier in the season, Grant finished with a dominant 30 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Thunderwolves to a 62-56 win over the No.4 ranked and perennially dominant conference powerhouse, Carleton Ravens.
With the win, the Thunderwolves snapped the Ravens’ 53-game home win streak.
“It’s been a great first half of the season,” Thunderwolves head coach Jon Kreiner said. “Our energy level wasn’t great but we found enough ways to score the ball.
The Thunderwolves women’s basketball team now takes their win streak and national ranking into the semester break, and will next see action on January 11 and 12 against the Windsor Lancers.
“We are in need of a break, as most teams are,” Kreiner said. “Time to focus on our studies.”