(WINDSOR, ON) – The No. 6 Lancer women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 74-73 win to the No. 2 ranked McMaster Marauders, Wednesday night at the St Denis Centre.
Heading into the final game of the regular season, the Lancers record falls to 15-4 while the Marauders improve to 16-2 and earned their fifth straight win.
Windsor opened the game with a 7-0 run before the Marauders started to push back to pressure the hosts. Windsor led 13-8 after ten minutes.
The second quarter was a much tighter contest with the visitors outscoring the Lancers by just one 22-21. Leading 34-30 at the half, Windsor struggled from the free throw line in the first half, shooting just 55% compared the Marauders 71.4%.
Emily Prevost reached her tenth double-double of the season after just twenty minutes of play, as she finished the half with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The 4th-year senior finished the game with a game high 26 points and 14 rebounds.
McMaster exploded in the third, opening with an 8-0 run en route to a 30-17 quarter victory. That didn’t stop the Lancers, however, as they re-grouped in the fourth to come from behind and make it a one-point game with just 40 seconds remaining.
Following a Lancer free throw, the Marauders called timeout to gain possession in the Windsor end. Killing 24 seconds off the clock, the Marauders were unable to make their attempt and turned the ball over to the Blue and Gold with 18 seconds remaining.
Prevost missed her field goal attempt in the paint, but got her own rebound and was able to bring it back out to field goal range. With just one second on the clock, Prevost got a shot off, but the ball bounced off the side of the net, preserving the win for the Marauders.
In the end, the difference came down to free throws as the Lancers shot just 59.1% from the line compared to McMaster’s 73.7%.
Caitlyn Longmuir finished the game with 16 points, while Tyra Blizzard came off the bench to contribute 11. The Marauders were led by Linnaea Harper with 19 points and six rebounds.
Windsor will now close out the regular season this Saturday afternoon when they host the Brock Badgers at 1:00pm. Prior to the game the Lancers will honour their graduating seniors; Prevost and Longmuir.