(WINDSOR, ON) – In an unexpected low-scoring game, the Windsor Lancers finally edged out the Toronto Varsity Blues 64-49, at the St Denis Fieldhouse last night, to move into the OUA Final Four, to be held March 6 and 7 in Windsor.
The Lancers had trouble getting into gear against Toronto as miscues were the order of the day. Dropped passes, unforced errors, and a defensive lethargy hindered Windsor from the opening tip-off. It wasn’t until the 3rd quarter that the Lancers finally shifted into drive and started to pull away from the pesky Blues.
Windsor held a 4-point lead, 12-8, after the opening 10 minutes, in a quarter filled with missed chances, though they opened the scoring on a 3-point jumper by Jocelyn LaRocque. The Lancers failed to score in the final two-and-a-half minutes despite six chances, mostly from outside.
In the 2nd quarter there was no scoring until the 8:38 mark, when Toronto’s Alanna Garner hit for two, and then nothing until 7:28 as Windsor’s Cheyanne Roger battled in the paint for a bucket. Toronto closed the gap to a single point until Korissa Williams struck for a jumper and closed out the frame with a lay-up in the dying seconds, to push Windsor to a 25-20 lead.
Though Jasmine Lewin opened the 3rd with two points to bring Toronto to within three, two treys by Andrea Kiss established a 9-point lead for Windsor that seemed to deflate Toronto. Lay-ups by Caitlyn Longmuir and Williams, followed by a triple by Longmuir, extended their lead and Windsor coasted to a 44-33 score at the buzzer.
In the 4th, the Lancers led by as much as 19 points and the Blues were pretty well done for the evening.
Williams finished the game with an even 20 points. But, more impressively, she led the Lancers out of the funk with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 7 steals, falling just one shy of matching Toronto’s team total.
Longmuir stepped out of her usual supporting role and shot for 15 points, in the win, hitting on 50% from the floor.
Roger was also dominating on the boards as she pulled down 14, as did Emily Prevost. Roger also added 5 blocks to her totals.
Windsor will now host the OUA Final Four at the St Denis Fieldhouse. Matches on Friday, March 6 will include Lakehead at the Lancers at 6:00 pm followed by Queen’s at Ryerson at 8:00. The winners will battle for gold on Saturday while the defeated will play for bronze.
The two finalists will qualify for the CIS Final 8 to take place at Université Laval, in Quebec City, from March 12 to 15.