(OTTAWA, ON) – The hometown Ottawa Gee-Gees advanced to meet the Ryerson Rams in the OUA women’s basketball championships. For the first time in three years the finals did not feature the Windsor Lancers, who lost to Ryerson to set up the bronze medal showdown against McMaster on Saturday.
Almost two full minutes had expired before either team found the basket. A number of turnovers marked the opening of the 1st quarter until McMaster’s Clare Kenney connected on a jumper. Emily Prevost quickly got that back for Windsor and the Lancers proceeded on a 10-3 run. By the end of the quarter, the Lancers held a 12-9 lead over the Marauders.
McMaster continued to dig deep and managed to take the lead back at 9:15 of the 2nd frame. The Hamiltonians led by as much as 3 until Carly Steer hit on a try to retake control for Windsor. It was short-lived as the lead continued to change hands until there was 2:30 left before the half.
OUA 2nd Team All Star Prevost hit Windsor’s last 5 points of the half to put the Lancers ahead 28-24 going into the dressing rooms. Prevost had scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the 1st half and Caitlyn Longmuir was a standout on defense by logging 4 steals.
Prevost then opened the 3rd with 4 points to start the Lancers run to the bronze. McMaster wouldn’t go away, drawing to within 2 points on three occasions, but no closer. Consecutive buckets by Longmuir, Cheyanne Roger, and Kaylee Anagnostopoulos gave Windsor a 6-point bulge, 40-34, going into the final 10 minutes.
The teams traded baskets early in the 4th, and the Marauders twice pulled within 1 point with as few as 5 minutes left on the clock. Steer was cool from the line as she dropped four free throws and then knocking down a buzzer beating shot from downtown to close out the game.
Prevost ended with 19 points and 9 boards while Roger picked up the game’s only double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Steer registered 12 points, 9 in the 2nd half, and Longmuir added 6 points and 4 assists to her 5 total steals.
Player of the game Anagnostopoulos put up 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals in her first OUA Final Four Tournament.
“She starts for us and she’s very raw,” head coach Chantal Vallée told Go Lancers. “She’s going to have to shoot more and develop her skills but what she can do on defence is what keeps her on the floor. She’s only in first year, imagine what she’ll be able to do in fourth or fifth year.”