By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The seats were filled and the anticipation was high for the meeting of the country’s 1st and 3rd ranked teams. The Windsor Lancers and the McGill Martlets were set to meet to determine the winner of the 2014 Lancer Holiday Classic, at St Denis Fieldhouse last night. But first, the consolation game was played between the Calgary Dinos and Western Mustangs.
Calgary (6-5) entered the match with a 0-2 tournament record looking to gain some compensation for their long flight to central Canada. Western (2-6) had previously lost to McGill in their only other tournament appearance. After leading by as much as 22 points in the 3rd quarter, the Dinos held off a determined Mustangs squad for a 76-60 final.
Claire Colborne had a game high 17 points for Calgary while Western was led by Mackenzie Puklicz with 19.
In the main event, Windsor (7-0) was competitively challenged for the first time in recent memory, and managed a come-from-behind win over McGill (4-0) by a score of 55-48. The low scoring affair saw the lead change hands only 3 times as the Martlets led most of the way.
The visitors roared out to a 23-16 1st quarter lead while the Lancers tried to shake off the lingering effects of their Christmas turkey. The 2nd quarter saw Windsor out-score McGill 9-5 to close out the half trailing by 3. McGill shot 52% from the floor compared to Windsor’s lethargic 28.1%, in the first half.
The second half belonged to Windsor as the women picked up the pace, opening the 3rd on a 9-2 run. Interestingly, the momentum seemed to shift to Windsor’s favour after McGill coach Ryan Thorne called an early timeout. At the third buzzer, the Lancers were leading by 3, then held off a resurgence by McGill in the final frame for the win.
For the second game in a row, Korissa Williams was the Windsor Square’s choice for Player of the Game honours. Williams put up 23 game high points for the Lancers and added 9 boards and 4 steals, as she played just under 40 minutes.
Guard Caitlyn Longmuir contributed 10 points for Windsor while Cheyanne Roger and Emily Prevost dominated the boards at both ends of the court. Roger had 10 rebounds (6 offensive) while shooting 7 points, and Prevost pulled down 12 boards (4 offensive) and shot 6 points.
As a team, Windsor out rebounded their opponents 47-25 which contributed largely to the come-back. The Lancers also played a disciplined game, committing just 7 personal fouls. Windsor’s Achilles Heel was turning the ball over 15 times which resulted in 13 points for McGill.
Windsor will now return to OUA play when they host the Mustangs at St Denis on January 7. Tipoff is at 6:00 pm while the men get going at 8:00 pm.