(LONDON, ON) – The Windsor Lancers led off a 5-game road trip with a win over the Western Mustangs Friday night. The 89-62 victory maintains a perfect 4-0 record to start the season and 1st place in the OUA West Division.
The Lancers allowed the Mustangs to stay in the game as they played to a 19-17 1st quarter lead. Windsor took control in the 2nd frame as they stretched their lead to 13 points, 44-31. The sluggishness of the Lancers was reflected in the box score. The ladies shot just 35% from the floor although better from the line at 75%.
As the game progressed, the Lancers became stingy on defense, not allowing Western above 16 points in the 3rd quarter, and 15 in the 4th. Offensively there were improvements as Windsor improved their field shooting to 50% as the Mustangs dropped to 42% from a 1st half 57%.
The difference between the clubs was in cleaning the glass. Windsor out-rebounded Western 47-20 including 18 huge offensive boards. The Lancers converted the second chances into 18 points compared to 4 for Western.
Both teams turned the ball over a remarkable 17 times, although Western managed only 4 points while the Lancers put up 18.
Carly Steer registered a game-high 25 points while 5th year forward Emily Prevost was close behind with 24. Prevost also accounted for 14 of Windsor rebounding for the double-double while Steer added 4 steals. First year starter Olivia Osamusali picked up 11 of Windsor’s 47 rebounds, including 8 on offense.
Windsor stays on the road as they travel to Ottawa for scheduled meetings this weekend with the Ravens and the Gee Gees.