(WINDSOR, ON) – Jessica Clemencon dropped 21 points, while Korissa Williams and Miah-Marie Langlois added 13 and 14 respectively, and the Windsor Lancers women`s basketball team continued to ride their unbeaten wave, topping the McMaster Marauders 74-56 at the St. Denis Centre on Wednesday evening.
It was the Lancers’ second victory over the Marauders (6-8) in as many weeks. However, while the game in Hamilton on January 16 was much closer, with Windsor (14-0) prevailing 56-48, Wednesday’s game was never in doubt for the women by the halftime buzzer.
Before the match, Lancer coach Chantal Vallée received Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for her outstanding leadership in leading the Lancer program. Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) was on hand to present the medal to Vallée in front of the crowd at the St. Denis Centre.
After the Marauders took an early lead in the opening quarter, a three from Jocelyn LaRocque tied the game at 7-7. Bojana Kovacevic put together a nice individual play, fighting for a steal and converting that into a layup at the other end of the floor. The Lancers finished the period on a 12-2 run, topped off with a long-ranger from Langlois, to take an 18-9 lead into the second quarter.
Danielle Bolago knocked down a three to open the second, but the Lancers responded by pushing the deficit into double-digits. Two straight turnovers resulted in easy layups for Clemencon. However, Bolago sank a long three unexpectedly in striving to keep her squad within striking distance midway through the period.
But Windsor continued to stymie the Marauders on defence turning that into points for the Lancers in transition. Kovacevic was on fire in the second, picking up six points and an assist for the home team, who took a 42-25 lead into halftime.
Laura Mullins drained a long jumper to begin the second half, spreading the lead to 22. The women carried a substantial, 20-plus advantage throughout the rest of the period, taking a stranglehold on the match heading into the final period. Clemencon added six straight points for the Lancers as the third quarter came to a close with Windsor up 62-40.
The women would cruise through the fourth quarter, finishing with a 45.5 field-goal percentage on the night. The Lancers committed just 12 turnovers compared to 26 from the visitors, who were 37.0% from the floor.
The victory allows the Lancers to keep pace with the Brock Badgers who won a close game over Western on Wednesday. Both teams are undefeated and sit at the top of the OUA West division. Brock and Windsor will first meet on Saturday, February 2 in a battle of the top squads in the division on Breast Cancer Awareness weekend at the St. Denis Centre.
The Lancers will close out this week’s action on Saturday afternoon at the University of Waterloo, where they will take the court against the Warriors. In their first meeting, Windsor recorded an 86-39 victory on January 13 at the St. Denis Centre.