(WINDSOR, ON) – Lancer women’s basketball’s new all-time leading scorer Jessica Clemencon dropped a game-high 15 points and Korissa Williams added 14, and the Lancers made quick work of the defending OUA champion Ottawa Gee-Gees, notching a 71-47 win at the St. Denis Centre on Saturday evening.
Laura Mullins was perfect from beyond the arc, dropping four three’s for 12 points while Tessa Kreiger (London, Ont.) garnered a game-high eight rebounds for the Lancers (2-0). Tatiana Hanlan had a team-high 13 points in a losing cause for the Gee-Gees (0-2).
Miah-Marie Langlois made her presence known early in the match, driving the lane and finishing with a nice lay-up. The hometown native followed that with a basket from beyond the arc to put the Lancers up 7-2 in the early going. Windsor forced seven Ottawa turnovers in the first quarter alone. Bojana Kovacevic (Windsor) added five points in the period, helping the Lancers to a 19-11 advantage heading into the second quarter.
A steal by Kovacevic put the Lancers in transition, and Langlois quickly found Williams down court for a quick two points to extend the Lancers advantage to 14 points. Veteran guard Laura Mullins showcased her sharp-shooting abilities, nailing consecutive three-pointers that spread the lead to 20 less than four minutes into the period. Julia Soriano responded with a three from the corner that took a small chunk out of the advantage. The Gee-Gees continued to try and swing the momentum in the latter stages of the half, and managed to cut a substantial lead down to single digits thanks to two crucial jumpers from Tatiana Hanlan, who led all player through two quarters with 10 points.
Williams (Windsor) had a team-high of eight points after the first half for the Lancers, who shot 36.4% from the floor. The Gee-Gees were 34.6% from the field in the first and second quarter and were outrebounded 23-18 by the Lancers.
During halftime, the University of Windsor Sports Hall of Fame recognized its 2012 inductees. This included: four-time OUAA first-team all-star and 1975 Yates Cup champion Don Hollerhead; two-sport athlete Beth (Stroud) MacIntosh who was the 2001 CIS Female Track Athlete of the Year and a two-time Banner Shield winner as the Lancers Female Athlete of the Year; basketball athlete Dan Devin who is a former team leading scorer, OUAA all-star and CIAU participant; and four-time OUAA all-star and two-time leading CIAU rebounder Georgia Risnita who was a stand-out athlete on the Lancers women’s basketball team and was named the OUA West rookie of the year in 1994-95.
The Lancers came out of the locker rooms fired up after relinquishing a hearty lead, dropping 10 straight points including another three from Kovacevic before the Gee-Gees were able to find the basket. The Lancers forced two straight turnovers, and Mullins capitalized on their second as the fifth-year senior drained another three-point bucket. Clemencon (St. Rambert, France) began to dominate in the post, picking up six points in the quarter while the Gee-Gees struggled offensively in the period, tallying just 10. Jocelyn LaRocque (Windsor) got in on the action, draining two straight jumper to extend the lead beyond 20. The home team carried a 57-35 lead into the final quarter.
It was more of the same in the fourth where the women went on a 7-2 run to begin the quarter that quickly diminished any hope of a comeback for the Gee-Gees. Rookies Kim Moroun (Belle River, Ont.) and Andrea Kiss ( Tecumseh, Ont.) picked up their first career points as Lancers, recording four and two points respectively.
Windsor will hit the road next weekend, travelling to Laurentian and York on November 16 and 17 respectively. The women are back on the St. Denis Centre court on November 23 and 24 when they host Ryerson and Toronto. Tip-off will be 6:00 p.m. for both matches.