(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers have put the loss to Laurier well behind them, and have returned to their winning ways. In a pair of games against teams from the National Capital Region this past weekend, the Lancers have bettered their record to 11-1.
On Friday evening, Windsor played host to the Carlton Ravens at St Denis Fieldhouse and sent the OUA North’s second seed packing by a score of 62-48, in front of 1,200 fans. It was a slow affair with the Lancers doing just enough to comfortably eek out a win, and head coach Chantal Vallée relying significantly on her starting five.
Carlton struck first on a Lindsay Shotbolt jumper 28 seconds into the match. Korissa Williams tired the game before the minute was up, but it wasn’t until Kristine Lalonde dropped a trey with 7:10 remaining, to break a 5-5 tie, that Windsor went ahead to stay.
Windsor led by by 8 points at the end of ten minutes and extended their lead by just 1 more before the break. In the second half, the Ravens matched Windsor point-for-point through the 3rd quarter, but ran behind in the final frame, allowing Windsor to win the quarter 20-15.
Williams had the hot hand for the home side on Friday. The guard put up 19 points and completed the double-double with 10 boards. Williams also helped the squad with 6 assists and 5 steals, for a well-rounded effort.
Jocelyn LaRocque has re-found her scoring touch. She dropped 12 points against Carleton as well as dominating the defensive zone with 7 rebounds. She has also refined her ability to draw charging fouls in the paint, to quell the opponents’ scoring chances. Three times she took the hit during Ravens drives to the basket.
Lalonde also shot in the double digits, contributing 10 points and dishing off 4 times. The point guard hit at a .467 shooting rate, including 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
The Lancers got better as the weekend progressed. Saturday’s game pitted them against the OUA North’s top team, the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Windsor responded appropriately as they dispatched their opponents 76-47.
As LaRocque continues to improve from her ankle injury, she led the Lancers with a game-high 16 points, including 4 treys. However, Windsor received a pair of double-doubles from an unlikely pair.
Coming off the bench, both Courtney VandeBovencamp and Emily Prevost chalked up the top efforts for Windsor. VandeBovencamp, playing just 18 minutes was on fire as she dropped 14 points and added 10 boards while Prevost matched the rebounding and put up 11 points. The dynamic duo were a combined 5-for-6 from the penalty line and 10-for-19 from the floor. Vallée’s bench decimated Ottawa, out-scoring them 38-8.
In fact, there were five shooters for Windsor scoring in double digits as Carly Steer (off the bench) and Williams both contributed 10 points in the win. Williams also made 8 assists and added 5 more steals for a weekend total of 14 and 10 respectively.
The pair of weekend wins keeps Windsor on pace with the Laurier Golden Hawks (11-1). By virtue of the loss to Laurier, Windsor is ranked in second place in the OUA West, but continues to head the CIS national rankings.
Windsor now looks ahead to a pair of games this weekend as they ready themselves to meet Queen’s (8-4) on Friday and York (2-11) the following night. Both games tipoff at 6:00 pm.