(WINDSOR, ON) – When Windsor played University of the Fraser Valley, the name of the game was Second Chance. Facing, probably, their toughest opponent thus far this season, the Lancers trailed the Cascades 25-24 at the half, but through hard work and perseverance gained themselves a second chance and pulled ahead to win 65-45, going away.
Shooting only 19% from the floor, compared to UFV’s 35%, it was no wonder Windsor found themselves down by a point after 20 minutes. Thanks in a large part to the Cascades’ 15-6 second quarter, the Canada West squad put the scare into the Windsor supporters in the crowd. Undaunted, however, the Lancers, led by Miah Langlois, never backed down, and regained the upper hand after the break.
Windsor replied by improving their shooting to 34% and started hitting the treys. Caitlyn Longmuir, who had missed six attempts from outside in the first half, dropped three in the second. With three more from Jocelyn Larocque, Windsor’s outside game helped to open the lane for the rough and tumble drive by Langlois.
The point guard had a game high of 20 points and she added five assists and three steals to push Windsor on top. Langlois shot a perfect 6 for 6 from the penalty line and was named Player of the Game for the second time in the tournament.
Jessica Clemencon dropped 18 points for Windsor, plus she pulled down nine boards and made three steals. In total, the Lancers picked the pockets of UFV 14 times through the course of the game. Windsor scored 30 points from turnovers.
The always smiling Korissa Williams drained five points for Windsor, but more importantly she dominated the boards at both ends of the floor with 6 offensive rebounds and five in her own zone. The Lancers out-scored UFV 18-2 in second chance points. Williams also had four steals.
Windsor will now face 2nd ranked Saint Mary’s of the Atlantic University Sport conference, led by Justine Colley. The Huskies made their way to the championship game by defeating the Alberta Pandas and then their namesakes from Saskatchewan.
The Lancers will attempt to four-peat as National Championships with the tipoff at 8:00 pm.