By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St. Clair College women’s basketball team advanced to the OCAA Provincial Championship tournament later this week with a 73-60 crossover play-off victory over Durham College Sunday afternoon at the SportsPlex. Overcoming some early nerves, and a good Durham fast break, the Saints used their height to earn the win.
St. Clair held an 18-15 lead after the first quarter and increased their lead to 31-25 by halftime. But the Saints decided the game in the 3rd, winning the frame 20-11.
The Saints held a 48-33 advantage in rebounding and shot well enough in the 2nd half to outlast the visiting Lords, who rallied late with 24 points in the 4th quarter.
St. Clair guard Sarah Bondy led her team in scoring with 17 points, making 7 of 9 from the free throw line, while adding 3 assists.
Saints guard Shannon Kennedy scored 15 points, adding 13 rebounds for the double-double, but distributed well for 7 assists.
Twin-tower forwards Torrie Handsor and Nicole Tamm both reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Handsor added 8 rebounds for the near double-double.
Durham’s Lindsay Panchan reached her league leading OCAA average with 25 points in the loss.