By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – With the final seconds clicking off the clock, the Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team rose in unison. They were well aware that their 73-48 win over the Queens Gaels would clinch their fifth OUA Championship in six years. It also guaranteed the Lancers a spot in the CIS Final being held at St Denis this coming weekend.
After a slow start in the opening quarter, Windsor went on a 9-point run then eased into a 23-7 lead at the buzzer. Queens finally found their scoring touch as they traded 20 points in the second with Windsor, but then just couldn’t keep up as the home side dominated through the 3rd and 4th quarters.
The transition game was key for Windsor as they tallied 9 blocks and 13 steals leading to 14 points from turnovers. Windsor’s point guard, Miah-Marie Langlois, registered a game high 25 points and 8 assists as she led the Lancers to victory. Not to be outdone, Jessica Clemencon put up 21 points and added 8 rebounds for the win. Windsor won the battle of the boards, out rebounding Queens 52-33 which translated into 34 points from inside the paint for Windsor.
Shooting guard Korissa Williams was front and centre as she dropped 14 points and made 5 steals on the night. Coach Chantal Vallée received a lot of hard work from her bench led by Cheyanne Roger. The 6’ 3” forward from Etobicoke picked up 10 boards, had 4 blocks, and dished off twice for points.
Windsor now moves on to the CIS Final 8 to determine women’s basketball supremacy in Canada. The Lancers are looking to four-peat at the CIS and are ranked at #1 in the country going into the tournament.
Six of the eight teams have already been determined. Including host Windsor, McGill, Saskatchewan, Laurier, University of the Fraser Valley, and Queens, will join the winner between Saint Mary and St Francis Xavier as well as an “at large” berth in the tournament.
The schedule and final teams will be determined later today and games will commence at St Denis on March 14. As the eight are whittled to two, the championship game will be played on Sunday, 16 March, at 8:00 pm. Tickets for the Final 8 can be purchased through the Internet Box Office of the Windsor Lancers.