Lancers Set The Stage For Number Four

Nataliia Gavryliuk watches as Windsor's Jessica Clemencon lines up two points from within the paint. The Lancer forward scored 18 en route a 65-45 win over the UFV Cascades. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Nataliia Gavryliuk watches as Windsor’s Jessica Clemencon lines up two points from within the paint. The Lancer forward scored 18 en route a 65-45 win over the UFV Cascades. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(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.

What it is all for. The Bronze Baby is awarded to the CIS women's national basketball champion. Windsor is shooting for their fourth straight title. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

What it is all for. The Bronze Baby is awarded to the CIS women’s national basketball champion. Windsor is shooting for their fourth straight title. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

 

Miah Langlois drives past  a Cascades defender late in the 4th quarter. Langlois had a game high 20 points and was named Player of the Game.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Miah Langlois drives past a Cascades defender late in the 4th quarter. Langlois had a game high 20 points and was named Player of the Game.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Saint Mary's Justine Colley was flying high against Saskatchewan. The AUS entrant defeated their western counterparts to advance to the Final Two. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Saint Mary’s Justine Colley was flying high against Saskatchewan. The AUS entrant defeated their western counterparts to advance to the Final Two. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Despite a late surge by Kiera Lyons and the Saskatchewan Huskies, they couldn't overcome the strength of Rachelle Coward and Saint Mary's. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Despite a late surge by Kiera Lyons and the Saskatchewan Huskies, they couldn’t overcome the strength of Rachelle Coward and Saint Mary’s. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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