By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – At first it was back and forth, like a Slinky, but the Lancers finally took control and moved ahead of the visiting Brock Badgers for good, on their way to a 85-54 victory. The win extended the Lancers’ winning streak to 6-0 and solidified their hold on top spot in the OUA and the Number 1 ranking in Canada.
Windsor out-played Brock in every aspect of the game, even leading by 35 at one point. The team was dropping baskets whether from the floor, beyond the arc, or from the penalty line, and more than two out of three rebounds ended up in Windsor hands.
When running the lane, the Lancers were good for 30 points up close, and when shooting from outside, they women hit at 33% for 15 points. Windsor also took advantage of the 2nd chances they were given, turning 9 offensive rebounds into 13 points.
It wasn’t all fun and games for Windsor, though. After building a 22-9 lead in the 1st quarter, the Badgers lived up to their name and clawed their way back on an 10-3 run. By the end of the half only 10 points separated the two clubs.
Cheyanne Roger stood out for the Lancers, scoring a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, and doing most of her damage by hitting 6 for 7 including 1 trey.
Caitlyn Longmuir contributed to the win with 4 connections from downtown, including 3 in the first five minutes of the game. In the middle of the court Korissa Williams threw up a game high 21 points while dishing 7, and making 5 steals. Meanwhile Andrea Kiss owned the boards, pulling down 12 in the defensive zone to help keep Brock to just 4 2nd chance points.
On Saturday Windsor met nationally ranked McMaster in a showdown of Top-10 schools. Windsor emerged from the contest against the Number 7 Marauders with a 71-50 win and their 7th victory of the season.
Again the Lancers dominated every stat category despite their production fall-off from outside. The Blue and Gold hit on 40.3% from the field, 3% better than Mac, and left only 4 points on the table in 14 tries from the free throw line.
New comer Carly Steer provided 11 of 24 points from the bench, for head coach Chantal Vallée, and veteran Emily Prevost chipped in 9 of her own, all in the 2nd half. The Marauders received just 4 points in production from their bench.
Up front, Williams had another big night as she deposited 18 points and pulled down 10 boards for a double-double. Kiss again showed her worth, also scoring a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, another game high. And Roger show a strong effort with 13 points and 8 rebounds in just 29 minutes on the floor.
Despite being outscored by 2 points in the 2nd frame, Windsor led from start to finish Saturday night. They took a 6 point lead into the dressing room and returned for the 2nd half with one thing in mind.
The Lancers started the 3rd on an 11 point run and there was no looking back from that point.
The Lancers’ next league play will be in January when they host Western. Before then, St Denis Fieldhouse will be the site of the annual Lancer Holiday Classic from December 28-30 when Aquinas College, the University of Calgary, and McGill will be in town.