(WINDSOR, ON) – Earning their way into their 10th straight OUA Final Four, the Windsor Lancers bested the Ryerson Rams 68-50 Saturday afternoon at the St Denis Centre.
The Lancers kicked off the game with a 12-2 run and appeared to be in command through the first two quarters. Windsor led 16-9 after 10 minutes, but headed to the locker room with a scant 3-point lead, 28-25.
Emily Prevost was by far the leader on the score board in the 1st half after putting up 18 points. Ryerson’s Cara Tiemens and Sofia Paska were next best with 6 points apiece. Kaylee Anagnostopoulos cleared the glass for 8 rebounds as Prevost and Cheyanne Roger posted 7 and 6, respectively, with Windsor out-rebounding the Rams 28-13.
Ryerson continued their push for supremacy by tying the game at 30 two minutes into the 3rd quarter. The Rams built their lead over the Lancers to as many as 4 points before a timely trey from Karly Steer narrowed the gap to just 1. A pair of free throws from Roger reclaimed the lead for Windsor with 2.5 minutes remaining in the period.
A buzzer beater, by Ryerson’s Emma Fraser, to end out the quarter maintained the single point deficit heading into the final frame. Windsor turned up the heat with a 13-2 run to start the 4th quarter and all but put away the Rams.
Except for 3 points on a jumper from downtown by Paska, Ryerson’s remaining points all came from the charity stripe as Windsor ran up an 18-point buffer.
Prevost topped all scorers with a 23-point performance and 16 boards for a double-double. Anagnostopoulos was close behind with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Roger equaled the effort with 10 boards and 9 points. The Lancers ended the day with 49 rebounds compared to Ryerson’s 29.
Paska led the Rams with 19 points and Tiemens with 11.
The Lancers proceed through a semi-final tipoff against the top seed Queen’s Gaels in Kingston this Friday. The bronze medal game is scheduled on Saturday at 6:00pm followed by the Critelli Cup match at 8:00pm. The other semi-final features McMaster and Carlton.
Live coverage of the Final Four can be seen on OUA TV.