(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers lassoed the Western Mustangs, last night at St Denis Fieldhouse, running away with an 83-51 victory. The win solidifies the women’s spot atop the CIS rankings, a position they’ve held continuously for almost a year.
The Mustangs were fast out of the gate, as they galloped to an 8-6 lead, early in the 1st quarter. The Lancers then took over from there, scoring 14 unanswered points before the end of 10 minutes. The home team then extended their lead in the 2nd frame by out-scoring the visitors 21-7, to sit comfortably at the half, 39-15.
While the Lancers continued to win the 3rd and 4th quarters of play, head coach Chantal Vallee reined in her charges, allowing the Mustangs back into the game as Western scored more than their 1st half output in each of the latter 10-minute periods.
The ease of the win allowed Vallee to get her bench more floor time. By resting the big guns, players like Emily Prevost, Carly Steer, and Jocelyn LaRocque all saw 20 or more minutes of play while Courtney VandeBovencamp (18) and Chidera Ifearulundu (12) benefitted as well.
During the Lancers Holiday Classic, guard Korissa Williams saw a hair under 40 minutes against McGill. That time was slashed to just 28, though she still had a game-high 15 points. The Amherstburg native scored all but 3 of her points from the floor and sits 3rd in the CIS with 63 field goals. Williams also sits 3rd in steals by adding 5 of her 31 last night. For her efforts, Williams won the Windsor Square Player of the Game honours for the third time this season.
VandeBovencamp put up 12 points and added 6 boards and starter Caitlyn Longmuir contributed 12, as well, by hitting two from downtown and going 4-for-5 from the charity stripe.
Windsor will next travel to Waterloo to tackle the Warriors on January 14. They next play at home on January 23 when the Carleton Ravens fly into Windsor for a 6:00 pm tip-off.