(WINDSOR, ON) – On the eve of the Clash at the Colosseum, the anticipation is palpable as each of the Lancers teams and the Windsor Express look to the event to raise the status of basketball in the city.
The Lady Lancers are entering their game against the Laurier Hawks with a 13-3 record and are perched atop the OUA West standings, 2.5 games in front of the 2nd place Hawks (11-6). Most recently, head coach Chantal Vallée and the Blue and Gold split games at the St Denis Centre to the visiting Carleton Ravens, 59-70, and Ottawa Gee-Gees, 63-47, at the end of January.
Laurier enters the Caesars Windsor match coming off their own split of a pair of away games at Waterloo, 61-55, and Brock, 67-72. At their first meeting against Windsor this year, on November 26, the Hawks dropped a 73-56 decision to the visiting Lancers.
The Windsor women are currently ranked nationally at No. 6, one spot below Carleton.
Men’s head coach Chris Oliver has led the Lancers to the top spot in the OUA West with an 8-8 record, a half game in front of Laurier (8-9). They are in search of their 7th divisional title in 10 years. In their previous meeting, the Hawks survived a 1-point win over Windsor, 67-66, at the Wilfrid Laurier Athletic Complex in Waterloo, but are entering tomorrow’s game after a 71-58 loss at Brock.
“The Windsor Express have done an incredible job creating unique and fun events for their fans,” said Oliver. “We are honoured to be a part of the Clash representing our university and program.”
In the marquee match-up, the Express will welcome the expansion Kitchener-Waterloo Titans to Windsor. Currently sitting in the final place in the NBL Canada Central Division, the Express (5-11) are 2 games behind the Titans (6-8) but are riding high after a 101-86 win over the Moncton Miracles on February 3. The Titans are enjoying a 2-game win streak including a 30-point blowout over the same Miracles.
Maurice Jones, the league leader in steals and assists, will lead the Express against K-W in the hope of building momentum for Windsor going forward as they seek a playoff spot.