Loss Ties Lancers At Top Spot

(WINDSOR, ON) – A pair of road victories over the weekend extended the Windsor Lancers winning streak to 3 games before it was snapped by the team’s second loss to the McMaster Marauders last night at the St Denis Centre. As a result, the Lancers find themselves deadlocked atop the OUA West Division with identical 11-4 records with the Marauders.

The Lancers started the weekend by handily beating the Waterloo Warriors 58-37. Windsor led 14-9 after 10 minutes and didn’t look back as they took a dismal 21-17 halftime lead into the dressing room. The women then almost doubled up the Warriors in each of the remaining quarters to ease to the final 21-point margin.

Emily Prevost and Tyra Blizzard led the way for the Lancers with 15 and 10 points each. Prevost added 12 boards for the double-double and top billing. Freshman Olivia Osamusali from Brampton also cleared the glass for 12 rebounds and swiped 4 steals in a defensive role.

On Saturday the Lancers rolled into Guelph and over the Gryphons for a 72-64 win. The Blue and Gold shot a disappointing 37% from the floor in the 2nd half, but it was good enough to compete with Guelph shooting 36.6%.

Windsor capitalized on the second chances the Gryphons gave them, outscoring the home side 10-2 in the category. After going just 4-for-17 from beyond the arc, Windsor was able to get inside for 44 points on Guelph.

Prevost again scored the game-high of 18 points along with 13 boards. Three other players scored in the double digits for Windsor while point guard Kaylee Anagnostopoul picked up 9 as well as dishing for 8 assists.

Trailing McMaster 17-16 after the 1st quarter, the Lancers pulled ahead to finish the half up 30-27. Thoughts were in the air that they could reverse their January 3 loss in Hamilton, but the Marauders run to a 21-15 3rd frame to set up a tight 4th quarter.

The visitors edged out the Lancers 19-18 to squeak out of Windsor with a well earned 67-63 victory.

Prevost’s 14 points again led Windsor, but after Jordan Gutt’s 10, scoring dropped off for the Lancers. Head coach Chantal Vallée did get 31 points spread out across her reserves, but the starters managed just a single point more.

Windsor has a chance to halt the damage when they visit the Brock Badgers (5-9) on Saturday. They return to action at home beginning on January 26 when they host a pair of games against the Lakehead Thunderwolves. Tipoff is 6pm each evening.


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