The Road To New Brunswick Begins

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Emily Prevost makes a glance for an open player as she is hounded by a Laurier defender. The Lancers emerged victorious 85-80 over Laurier to kick off the 2015-16 season.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Basketball made its return to the St Denis Fieldhouse with a vengeance, as the Windsor Lancers defeated the Golden Hawks 85-80. With the win, the Lancers have taken the first steps toward a 6th straight national championship.

With four new players in the line-up after the loss of stalwart components, Windsor was facing a tough test in Laurier, the only team which defeated the Lancers last year, 60-53. The Hawks hinted they would be another challenge when they exploded out of the gate, last night.

Laurier's Nicole Morrison (5) goes for two by splitting between Caitlyn Longmuir (5) and Tyra Blizzard (6). Morrison led the Golden Hawks with 21 points in a losing effort.Photo by John Skinner.

Laurier’s Nicole Morrison (5) goes for two by splitting between Erica McFadden (5) and Tyra Blizzard (6). Morrison led the Golden Hawks with 21 points in a losing effort.
Photo by John Skinner.

Laurier was up by as much as 8 midway through the 1st quarter and led 20-18 after 10 minutes. They continued to lead as late as two minutes left to play in the 2nd when Andrea Kiss hit on a jumper from downtown to put Windsor up by one. Kiss would finish the game with 13 points and 6 rebounds including hitting a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. By the end of the half, Windsor led by five.

The Hawks emerged for the 3rd quarter determined not to give up. The two teams traded the lead until newcomer Erica McFadden also hit from outside to put the Lancers in front for good. With two minutes to play in the frame, a Tyra Blizzard layup established a 10-point lead, but Laurier wouldn’t roll over.

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Carly Steer takes the fight to Laurier as she and the Lancers took the first step toward a 6th straight national title Wednesday night at the St Denis Fieldhouse.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Hawks would chip away at the Windsor lead in the 4th, twice getting as close as 3 points. On each occasion Caitlyn Longmuir would coolly drop free throws to remove any doubt about the outcome.

The Lancers received a strong performance from Cheyanne Roger who hit for 24 points and 13 boards. As well, she made two timely blocks.

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Caitlyn Longmuir pushes past Sarah Dillon at the top of the key as Cheyanne Roger looks on. Longmuir dropped four straight free throws to seal the win for Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Also registering a double-double was veteran Emily Prevost on the strength of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Making her debut for the Lancers after riding the bench last year, McFadden contributed 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Windsor now takes to the road to meet Waterloo Saturday afternoon before returning home November 13 when Western will be in town. Tip off is at 6:00 pm.

Prior to the season opener, the Athletics Department honoured the five-time defending champion Windsor Lancers by raising their championship banner and presenting the team with championship rings.Photo by John Skinner.

Prior to the season opener, the Athletics Department honoured the five-time defending champion Windsor Lancers by raising their championship banner and presenting the team with championship rings.
Photo by John Skinner.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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