(WINDSOR, ON) – The Lancer Women’s Basketball team will open the 2012-13 season ranked #1 in the first CIS Top Ten rankings of the season.
Coach Vallee’s squad opens at No. 1 for the second time in three years, seven months after claiming a second straight Bronze Baby Trophy thanks to a 69-53 defeat of UBC in the national final.
The Lancers received 41 first-place votes in the first coaches’ poll of the campaign, with the other two nods going to the second-ranked Cougars, who will host this year’s CIS championship from March 15 to 17.
Windsor has been impressive in pre-season action with six victories in seven contests, all against CIS opponents. After winning their first five games this fall, the reigning champs split a two-game set against the Regina Cougars in Saskatchewan’s capital last weekend, taking the opener 69-57 and dropping a 74-63 decision in the rematch.
The Lancers will hit the road to face Oakland University (NCAA Division I) on Saturday at 2pm in Rochester, Michigan in their final exhibition test before opening conference play.
Next week, No. 1 Windsor will open their regular season at home in one of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the season. The Lancers will host No. 4 Carleton on Friday, November 9th at 6pm and then they will battle the defending OUA champion Ottawa Gee Gees on Saturday, November 10th also at 6pm at the St. Denis Centre.
Friday night’s match-up against Carleton will also feature the championship banner raising and ring ceremony pre-game as the Department of Athletics salutes the 2011-12 CIS National Champion Lancer Women’s Basketball team.
Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 2 Regina, No. 3 Fraser Valley, No. 4 Carleton, No. 5 Saint Mary’s, No. 6 Saskatchewan, No. 7 Victoria, No. 8 Acadia, No. 9 Wilfrid Laurier and No. 10 UBC.
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