(WINDSOR, ON) – Five different players hit double-digits, as the Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team kicked off their 2013 post-season in dominating fashion, disposing of Western 78-50 in the OUA West Semi-Final, presented by Investors Group, on Saturday evening at the St. Denis Centre.
Korissa Williams topped the Lancers with 15 points, while Jessica Clemencon dropped 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. Miah-Marie Langlois added 14 points, five rebounds and a game-best five assists in the victory.
Clemencon picked up four points before threading a pass through to Andrea Kiss for an open lay-up, as the Lancers took a 10-6 lead midway through the first. The St. Rambert, France native then took a feed from Langlois (Windsor) off a fast-break, putting the women up 14-6 and leading to a Western timeout. The defending national champions didn’t let up as the first quarter came to a close. Laura Mullins (Windsor) sank a three, and Clemencon knocked in her 10th point of the period as Windsor took a 23-8 lead into the second.
The Lancers continued their dominance in the second quarter, smoothly spreading the lead to 25 throughout the final 10 minutes before the half. Jocelyn LaRocque (Windsor) dropped two three’s, while the Mustangs offence dried up, as the visitors scored just seven points in the period, more than half of which came from conference scoring leader Jenny Vaughan. Another long-ranger from Williams (Windsor) gave the Lancers a 40-15 lead at the break.
Clemencon already secured a double-double through 20 minutes of play, tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead all players.
The No. 1 Lancers showed no signs of relaxing at the start of the second half, going on an 11-4 run that ended with two straight steals and ensuing lay-ups by Kovacevic (Windsor) and Langlois respectively. Laura Dally notched a three-point play coming out of a Mustangs timeout, picking up the bucket and the harm. The Mustangs put together a better offense in the third but were unable to get back into the game as the Lancers continued rolling. With the contest well in-hand by the final quarter, Coach Vallee chose to rest her starters, and the Mustangs took a small bite out of the deficit.
Windsor advances to the OUA West Final which they will host next Saturday evening at the St. Denis centre. Their opponents will be the third-seeded McMaster Marauders, who picked up a 73-67 upset over the No. 8 ranked Brock Badgers in St. Catharines, Ont.
There were two meetings in the regular season between the two teams. Windsor scored a close 56-48 in Hamilton on January 16, but recorded a 74-56 win at home over the Marauders one week later. The winner will take on the East division champion in the OUA Finals in two weeks time.
Windsor and McMaster will tip-off for the West division title at 7:00 p.m.
The Lancers improve to 19-2 in post-season play since 2010. Their only two losses came in the 2010 CIS finals against Simon Fraser and in last year’s conference championship against Ottawa.