(WINDSOR, ON) – Jessica Clemencon had a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team remained undefeated on Thursday night, topping the visiting Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 68-60 to open their 2013 conference schedule.
Miah-Marie Langlois picked up 13 points and five assists, while Korissa Williams and Jocelyn LaRocque each added nine in the victory for the OUA West division leaders and No. 1 CIS ranked squad. The Golden Hawks were led by Doreen Bonsu, who tallied 14 points on the night. Laurier falls to 3-5 on the season.
Laura Mullins notched a three-pointer less than two minutes into the opening quarter to give the Lancers an early advantage. Langlois (Windsor) grabbed another jumper from beyond the arc, and the Lancers led 9-4 midway through the contest. However, some strong post play by Whitney Ellenor led to four points in the paint from the junior centre, and the teams were tied at 9-9 minutes later. A late lay-up by Clemencon (St. Rambert, France) put the home side up 13-11.
Williams (Windsor) polished off a well-placed assist from Mullins, and Clemencon added two more on the next possession to extend the lead at the beginning of the second. First year Caitlyn Longmuir notched a three for the Lancers, and the Kingsville, Ont. native was at it again minutes later, dropping another jumper to give her team its first double-digit advantage. The defending champs took a 38-24 lead into halftime.
Langlois led all players with 11 points through the first two quarters, while Ellenor tallied nine to top the Golden Hawks. The Lancers shot a solid 47.1% in the first half, and were 5-of-8 from three-point land. Laurier shot 31% from the floor in the opening two periods.
The Golden Hawks looked to cut the deficit coming out of the locker rooms, but their scoring was matched by the Lancers through five minutes of the third quarter. The visitors got into the bonus late in the period, but were still unable to cut Windsor’s lead into single digits by the end of the stanza. Kimberley Yeldon’s jumper brought the spread to within 10 heading into the fourth quarter.
Shortly into the fourth, the Golden Hawks went on a 5-0 run to come within five of the Lancers. However, the Lancers brought the game into the paint, and sunk four straight free throws while putting Laurier in danger of going into the bonus early in the final period.
Bree Chaput tallied a three pointer, but the Golden Hawks faced an 11-point hill with 5:54 remaining in regulation thanks to a inbound set play finished off the glass by Clemencon. The former CIS player of the year stuffed Heather Payne’s jumper on the Lancers next defensive stand, and followed that up with two made foul shots to push the lead back up to 10. That would be more than enough, as the Lancers went on to record their eighth win and first conference victory in 2013.
Windsor finished the match with a 41.5% field goal percentage compared to 40.4% from the Golden Hawks who outrebounded Windsor 34-30.
The Lancers will look for their ninth straight win of the year on Saturday evening, when they will welcome the Guelph Gryphons to the St. Denis Centre. Game-time is set for 6:00 pm.