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Up and down January continues for Voyageurs basketball team

Ranked seventh in the country, Laurentian struggling with consistency
Catch up with Laurentian's mens and womens basketball and hockey teams with this week's recap. (File)

The nation's seventh ranked university basketball team had another up and down weekend, splitting games with Lakehead and York.

Laurentian's men's basketball team has been nationally ranked since November, bouncing between the 10th spot and as high as the seventh ranking that they currently occupy.

The team travelled to Thunder Bay last week to take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves who sit one spot ahead of the Voyageurs in the national rankings at six. The ball didn't bounce the Voyageurs' way on Friday as they were handed a 73-59 defeat at the hands of their Northern Ontario foes.

The boys got right back in the win column the next day however, with a hard-fought 84-76 win over the York Lions.

Laurentian's ladies were on the same two courts on Friday and Saturday and fell to both Lakehad and York by scores of 85-72 and 75-48 respectively.

With the losses, the ladies have now dropped 11 straight games and sit well out of contention with a record of 2-14.

Laurentian's mens and womens hockey teams were both on the ice over the weekend as well and the results didn't differ dramatically from the school's hoops teams, but this time it was the women earning the weekend split.

The Lady Vees upended the Western Mustangs on Friday by a score of 3-1 before taking a tough 3-2 loss in the shootout. It's a tough sled in the OUA women's hockey ranks and the Voyageurs are in a tight race with the middle of the pack, sitting 10th of 13 teams, but only five points back of sixth place.

On the men's side, it was a tough weekend on the ice as the Voyageurs played a double header against Ontario Tech on Friday and Saturday. The Voyageurs ended up on the wrong side of 5-1 and 5-2 scorelines, dropping their record to 5-16-1-1 and to 10th of 10 teams in the East Division.