Lancers Stage Clash Comeback Over Laurier

Carly Steer (20) watches as Windsor's Kaylee Anagnostopoulos drives around a Laurier defender during OUA women's basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Carly Steer (20) watches as Windsor’s Kaylee Anagnostopoulos drives around a Laurier defender during OUA women’s basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – After following for much of the game, the Windsor Lancers turned a 3rd quarter surplus into a 3-point margin of victory over OUA West rivals the Laurier Golden Hawks, during the opening act of the 3-feature Clash at the Colosseum IV.

For the first time ever, the OUA teamed up with the National Basketball League of Canada to present a showcase of college and professional basketball, at Caesars Windsor. The Lancers women opened the night with a 68-65 win over the visiting Hawks in front of the packed casino venue.

Windsor guard Caitlyn Longmuir (4) lays up 2 fast-break points during OUA women's basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor guard Caitlyn Longmuir (4) lays up 2 fast-break points during OUA women’s basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Starters Emily Prevost and Cheyanne Roger led the 6th ranked Lancers, each with a double-double. Prevost notched a team-high 18 points coupled with 12 rebounds while Roger logged 12 points and 13 boards. A 4th year forward out of Michael Power in Etobicoke, Roger also contributed a massive 9 blocks on defense for Windsor.

Guard Carly Steer, the 3rd year product of Holy Names, put up 17 points in 31 minutes on the hardwood while Kaylee Anagnostopoulos dropped 7 as well as grabbing 4 rebounds. Anagnostopoulos combined with Caitlyn Longmuir to distribute the ball and account for 9 assists.

Emily Prevost battles through traffic under the Laurier basket during OUA women's basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Emily Prevost battles through traffic under the Laurier basket during OUA women’s basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Closing out the game, Longmuir coolly swished a pair of free throws with just 1.8 seconds remaining on the clock.

Laurier marginally out-performed Windsor in shooting percentage, but lagged far behind in bench production. The Lancers substitutes out-scored their Hawks counterparts 22-4, on the strength of Steer’s 17. She suddenly found herself with additional floor time after starter Kayah Clarke suffered a suspected ACL injury to her right knee in the 1st quarter.

Laurier's Nicole Morrison (5) and Villanova grad Melissa Pare (22) attempt to defend against Windsor forward Cheyanne Roger during OUA women's basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Laurier’s Nicole Morrison (5) and Villanova grad Melissa Pare (22) attempt to defend against Windsor forward Cheyanne Roger during OUA women’s basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor is now 14-3 in regular season play and have put some more daylight between them and the 2nd place Golden Hawks (11-7).

The Lancers embark on a trip to Waterloo this Saturday afternoon to face the 4th place Warriors (5-12) at 1:00pm. Fans can watch the game live  on OUA TV.

Carly Steer (20) came off the bench to score 17 points for Windsor during OUA women's basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Carly Steer (20) came off the bench to score 17 points for Windsor during OUA women’s basketball action between the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers during Clash at the Colosseum IV at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario on 8 February 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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