(WINDSOR, ON) – Korissa Williams recorded a game-high 21 points and five Lancers hit double-digits, as CIS No. 1-ranked Windsor used a strong fourth quarter to clinch a big 87-54 victory over the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday night.
Hometown native Miah-Marie Langlois added a double-double with 18 points and 13 assists to go along with six rebounds, helping the West division-leading Lancers (9-0) to their 25th straight regular season victory dating back to December 2, 2011. The Gryphons (4-5) dip below the .500 mark and have lost their second straight contest after falling in a much closer game to Western earlier this week.
The contest took a chippy turn early, as both squads picked up three team fouls within the first three minutes. Langlois picked up two infractions early in the period, but Caitlyn Longmuir filled in quite nicely as the Kingsville, Ont. native dropped a three seconds after entering the game. Coming out of a timeout, the Lancers dropped five straight points to take an eight-point lead. Longmuir extended the advantage into double-digits as the visitors picked up their fifth foul of the period. The Gryphons struggled offensively in the first, allowing the defending champions to take a 23-11 lead after the opening quarter.
Williams (Windsor) knocked down four straight points within the first 30 seconds of the second frame, and another jumper from beyond the arc by Longmuir pushed the lead to 16. Langlois and Jocelyn LaRocque (Windsor) nailed back-to-back threes for the Lancers, and the advantage was further increased to 20-plus on another three-ball from Longmuir, who led all players with 11 points through the first two periods . The visitors would take a small bite out of the spread late in the quarter, but faced a 42-25 deficit at the half. The Lancers shot 37.8% compared to 31.0% from Guelph, and the teams combined for 20 turnovers throughout the half.
The teams traded points through most of the third period, but the Gryphons were able to make up some of their deficit, slicing Windsor’s advantage down to 13 at the 2:05 mark of the quarter. Foul trouble plagued both squads throughout the quarter, creating extra points for the one another. However, Guelph persevered and a late jumper brought them within 12 heading into the final stanza.
Erica McFadden drained a three, bringing the lead down to single digits for the first time since the first quarter. However, that seemed to awaken the home side, as the women went on a tear for the next four minutes, spreading the lead to 24 points and nullifying Guelph’s comeback bid. Langlois came alive in the final quarter, twice stealing the ball and converting it into an easy layup. Her three pointer with just over two minutes remaining capped an explosive fourth quarter in which Windsor tallied a staggering 32 points.
The Lancers finished the game shooting just over 45%, while Guelph worked at 33.9% efficiency. The teams would combine for 45 turnovers in the contest, Windsor picking up 22 of that total. However, the Lancers made up for that on the boards, pulling down 51 in the game, 22 more than their Gryphons counterparts.
The women will look for their tenth win of the season next Wednesday night in Waterloo, Ont., where they will take on the Laurier Golden Hawks in a rematch of this Thursday’s game. Windsor will return to the St. Denis Centre next Sunday, January 13 for a 1:00 p.m. matinee against the Waterloo Warriors.