By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College women’s basketball team will host Durham College from Oshawa, this Sunday at the SportsPlex, in a sudden death, cross-over play-off game. Tip time is set for 1:30 pm. The winner will advance to the OCAA Championship to be hosted by Centennial College in Scarborough March 5 through 7.
Durham is 8-8 on the season and finished in a 3-way tie for 4th place in the East Region. By virtue of the tie-breaker they slipped all the way to the 6th seed in the East.
They do boast the OCAA’s top, per game scorer in 3rd year 5’ 8” guard Lindsay Panchan, who finished the season at 25.0 points a contest. Panchan also ranks 6th in the province at 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 80% from the free throw line. She is also a threat on defence, sitting 3rd in the OCAA at 3.8 steals per game.
Five foot, six inch guard Kayla Marshall also averages double figures in scoring at 12.1 points per game for Durham, and adding 4.1 assists per game.
The pair rarely get a rest, though, and average around 38 minutes a game for the Lords.
The Saints (12-6, West Region 3rd place) will be ready with 2nd year forward Shannon Kennedy, who led the province in total points scored and currently averages 19.3 points per contest; good enough for 2nd in the OCAA.
Kennedy is making 43.1% of her shots from beyond the 3-point arc, and ranks in the top 10 with 8.1 rebounds per game, while contributing defensively with 2.7 steals per game.
Second year point guard Meighen Boyd has a double digit scoring average, at 11.0 points per game, while ranking 3rd in the province with 4.6 assists per game.
Durham is a familiar opponent for St Clair in cross-over play as this will be the 7th time in the last 14 seasons the Lords have visited Windsor for the play-off game. Since bringing back the program in 2001, St Clair has only lost the cross-over play-off game on one occasion and have always played host with a 10-1 record, while outscoring their opponents 714-528 over that span.