(WINDSOR, ON) – Although the UWindsor Lancer men’s and women’s basketball teams a stocked with gifted players and coaching staff alike, the were blanked for wins over the holiday season. Namely the Lancers men (4-6) were downed 101-71 in their sole annual meeting by the visiting Bethel Pilots (14-2), from Mishawaka, IN, on December 29.
Later that evening the Lancers women (8-2) were outpaced 64-57 by the visiting Laval Rouge et Or (8-3) from Quebec City, for the 2nd time, losing the night before 71-65.
Trailing 57-42 at the half to the (blue and silver) Pilots, the men’s team battled back with a strong 24-17 third quarter. Although they only trailed by 8 points going into the final frame, Bethel outscored the Lancers 26-15 down the stretch to claim the victory.
Trey’von Covington and Paul Forman finished with 22 points apiece while Kyle Hartman chipped in with 12 points for the Pilots, on 54.2 per cent shooting from close range and 55 per cent from beyond the arc.
The (blue and gold) Lancers also had three players score in double figures, and Marcus Jones lead the way with 24, followed by team captain Mike Rocca’s 18 points and 12 from Lucas Orlita. Windsor was a little less efficient in scoring, landing just 34.6 per cent and 36 per cent, from short and long range respectively.
The Pilots were busier on the boards too, out rebounding Windsor 49-32 overall.
For the women Lancers, who sit atop the OUA West Division, it was a humbling weekend playing against the very athletic (red and gold ) Rouge et Or.
The Qubecers are in 2nd place behind McGill, in the RSEQ. Although, according to assistant coach Tom Foster, Windsor fared better Friday night, the Rouge et Or remained mostly in control throughout the game and were up comfortably 47-37 at the half.
Yet, the youthful Lancers battled back in the 3rd and 4th quarters with the leadership 5th year mainstays Emily Prevost and Carly Steer. The pair were the only two Lancers to tally double figures, dropping 25 and 17 points, respectively.
Conversely, three Laval players scored double digits. Genevieve Derome scored 17 points, Sarah-Jane Marois hit for 15, and Raphaelle Cote clicked for 10.
While the Lancers cleared more rebounds then Laval ( 24-18) especially defensively, the visitors converted a greater percentage on their put backs in the paint and in transition.
Windsor head coach Chantal Vallée was naturally disappointed in the loss, though it was apparent that she was somewhat satisfied with her sophomore point guard Tyra Blizzard. She is growing leaps in bounds in her ball control and play making.
Look for better things to come from the men and women’s teams as both start the new year with the weaker half of their schedules, and the run down to the play-offs. The next game for the two teams are at 6pm and 8pm on January 3, in the Burridge Gymnasium at McMaster. They’ll also play the Marauders at home on January 17, once again at 6pm and 8pm.