By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – It was billed as the Battle of the Guards; Windsor’s Miah Langlois versus St Mary’s Justine Colley. The two were expected to go head-to-head in the CIS Women’s National Basketball Championship held at the St Denis Fieldhouse last night. The standing room only crowd of over 2,000 were not disappointed as the two teams put on a display of high-calibre basketball and the two guards battled for supremacy.
While Colley slightly out-played Langlois, it was evident that the special concentration paid to the Husky diminished her effectiveness. As Langlois lavished attention on Colley, Jessica Clemencon stepped forward, as she has so many times over the last five years, and led Windsor to a 71-45 win to win the Bronze Baby for the fourth straight year. The only black mark during the game was a vocal section of fans that derided Colley, at every opportunity, in unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Clemencon, named Play of the Game, dropped 19 points, scoring from all points around the key and in the paint. She also pulled down seven boards and dished off five assists playing from the power forward position.
Windsor opened a 8-point lead by the end of the first quarter and extended it to 14 just 10 minutes later. But St Mary’s stepped up the pressure in the second half, increasing their shooting from 22% to 35%, and never giving up despite the Lancers continuing to build the lead. By the end of the 3rd, Windsor was leading 49-31 and the noise from the fans was cacophonous.
The Lancers received another dependably strong performance from Korissa Williams who scored a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Windsor’s 24 offensive rebounds led to 16 second chance points while their 36 defensive boards kept St Mary’s to zero.
Jocelyn Larocque and Caitlyn Longmuir combined for six three-pointers while Larocque had more (four) than the entire St Mary’s team (three).
In the Battle of the Guards, Langlois led all players with seven assists while draining eight points, pulling in five offensive boards (six total), and making two steals. Colley had a game high 20 points and added four rebounds, four assists, and two steals despite the unrelenting heckling.