By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St. Clair College Basketball teams will hit the road this weekend for crossover playoff games trying to earn a berth to their respective Provincial Tournaments.
The St. Clair Women are headed to Oshawa to take on Durham College Saturday at 6:00pm with the winner advancing to the OCAA Championship hosted by Niagara College in Welland, on March 3-5.
The St. Clair Men will face Algonquin College in Ottawa Saturday night at 6:00pm in order to qualify for the OCAA Championship hosted by Humber College in Etobicoke, on March 4-6.
The Durham Women have an 8-6 record in the regular season and fell to 4th place by virtue of a tie-breaker in the East Region. The Lords return All-Canadian 4th year 5’ 8” guard Lindsay Panchan, who leads the OCAA in scoring per game with a 24.6 average.
She also leads the province in rebounds at 12.5 per game while shooting 80.6% from the free throw line.
Five foot, six inch guard Kayla Marshall also averages double figures in scoring at 11.3 points per game, for Durham.
The Lady Saints (13-6) will counter with 5th-year guard Jaide Lyons, who leads her team in scoring at 15.0 points per game, which stands 7th in the OCAA. Lyons also distributes well for St. Clair, handing out 3.5 assists per game and ranks 7th in the province in total helpers.
Second-year 6′ 1” forward Torrie Handsor leads St. Clair in rebounding at 6.6 per game with 2nd-year 6’ 0” forward Nicole Tamm averaging nearly 2 blocks per game, which is 2nd in the OCAA.
Although Durham is a familiar opponent for St. Clair in crossover playoff matchups, it will be the first time that the Saints have been in Oshawa for this game. In fact, the Saints have not travelled for a crossover playoff game in the last 15 years and only lost on one occasion. They have an 11-1 record while outscoring their opponents 777-588 over that span.
The two teams have not met this season, but St. Clair holds an 8-0 record against Durham in historical playoff matchups.