(WINDSOR, ON) – The PEPS Gym at Université Laval was the scene of an historic championship win as the Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team became just the second squad to win five straight CIS titles as they defeated the McGill Martlets 60-47, Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Lancers become the first team to string together five national titles since Laurentian between 1974-79. As well, team members Korissa Williams and Jocelyn LaRocque become the first players in history to win five CIS women’s basketball championships.
In their last meeting, during the Holiday Classic on December 30, 2014, the Lancers edged out McGill 55-48 as the visitors provided one of the better challenges, in recent memory, for Windsor. It was not a surprise as the two teams met in the final game in Quebec City with the Bronze Baby up for grabs.
Credit Williams for not letting the Martlets get as close as they did at the St Denis Fieldhouse. The Amherstburg guard played 36 of the 40 minutes and dropped a game-high 21 to pace Windsor to the win. She also cleaned the glass for 14 boards to lead all rebounders, and topped her performance with 7 assists and 6 steals. Windsor outscored McGill 13-8 in points from turnovers.
Emily Prevost scored 12 points off the bench for the Lancers. Head coach Chantal Vallée played a short bench, substituting just Prevost and Caitlyn Longmuir for 43 total minutes. Still, the Lancer subs managed to outscore the McGill bench 15-10.
Cheyanne Roger rounded out the double-digit scorers for Windsor with 10 points.
Williams scored Windsor’s first 6 points of the game, staking the Lancers to a 6-4 lead before Kristine Lalonde dropped a trey in support. By the end of the 1st quarter Windsor doubled McGill 21-10 and looked to be well in command of the court.
Andrea Kiss opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter for the Blue and Gold and was followed up by Roger’s first two points of the afternoon. Longmuir hit from outside the arc at 4:39 to quell a small McGill surge, and LaRocque hit for two to re-establish the 11-point lead. By the end of the half, however, Windsor was on top 34-26, having given up some ground to the Martlets.
Three McGill buckets to start the 3rd frame saw Windsor’s lead whittled to just 2 points before Roger connect on two from the charity stripe and Williams made three layups. McGill dropped 6 points of their own and the teams entered the final stanza separated by just 7 points.
LaRocque hit for three to welcome in the 4th quarter. That returned the spread to 10 points. With McGill on a 5-point run, Prevost made two jumpers for more breathing room. Roger made two free throws and a jump shot before Prevost ended the game, and any McGill threat, by draining two more jumpers.
The Bronze Baby now returns to Windsor for the fifth straight year. She could be looking to take up permanent residence.