(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 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.
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.
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.