(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers continued their run at a 5th straight national championship by first taking the OUA title, at St Denis Fieldhouse last night, by virtue of a 71-51 win over the Ryerson Rams. Provincial bragging rights were on the line in the contest as both schools qualified for the CIS Final 8 by making it to the gold medal game.
The Rams opened the scoring and vaulted into a 5-4 lead after two minutes. But when Andrea Kiss made a 10 foot jumper, Windsor took the lead and never relinquished it. A minute later, Korissa Williams’ layup had extended the Lancers’ lead to 8 points, en route to a 23-16 advantage after 10 minutes.
The 2nd quarter belonged to Player of the Game Emily Prevost as she scored 8 of her 18 points, all while battling in the paint. The second year forward, out of Vanier College in Montreal, also added 11 rebounds for the double-double, and made 3 steals and 2 blocks in strong two-way performance.
At the half, Windsor was up 42-29 and fully in command of the game. Prevost again added 8 points for the Lancers in the 3rd, as the defending champs extended their lead by 12 points to 62-37. In the final frame, the women coasted to the finish by allowing the shot clock to run down on their last three possessions without pressing the defense.
Williams, the OUA’s Defensive Player of the Year, also chipped in 18 points for Windsor, as well as adding 10 assists and 9 rebounds, just missing out on a rare triple-double. Williams took advantage of errant Ryerson playmaking by making 6 steals. Windsor made the Rams pay for their mistakes by putting up 23 points as a result of turnovers.
Not to be outdone, Cheyanne Roger dropped 14 points for the Lancers and cleaned up 9 boards, in the win.
Windsor will now move on to defend their national title in Quebec City as Université Laval hosts this year’s competition. Joining the Lancers, Ryerson, and Laval in the Final 8, starting March 12, will be the Huskies from St Mary’s and Saskatchewan, for the second year in a row, and the UBC Thunderbirds and McGill Martlets. A wild card team will be announced by the CIS later today.