Lancer women sweep Thunderwolves

A weekend full of milestones for the Lancers Women’s basketball team was capped off by a sweep of the Lakehead Thunderwolves Saturday night at the St. Denis Centre.

Mike Specht

Sports Editor

A weekend full of milestones for the Lancers women’s basketball team was capped off by a sweep of the Lakehead Thunderwolves Saturday night at the St. Denis Centre.

During Friday’s 104-55 victory, Maya-Marie Langlois achieved the first of two individual milestones having scored her one thousandth point as a Lancer.  Jessica Clemoncon meanwhile hit a layup that moves her into second all-time in CIS scoring.

“I personally never look at my players individual stats, so thanks to Josh, my assistant coach for keeping track of that,” said Chantal Vallee, Lancer’s women’s basketball coach. “It is fantastic.  A lot of programs are fortunate when one athlete reaches these milestones, I have been fortunate enough to have 3.  It is their work ethic, talent and determination that puts them on these scoreboards, so I am very proud of them,” she said.

After Lakehead took a 17-15 lead in to the second quarter, the Lancers dominated the second quarter scoring 39 points, opening up a lead that they would not relinquish.  Korissa Williams had 22 points on the night leading all Lancers in scoring, while Windsor forced 31 Lakehead turnovers.

“Lakehead came in with some different defenses that we didn’t have the chance to play against this year. It takes a while to get adjusted to that and since we hadn’t played them, we made some adjustments during a time out, and then it was up to the players to make a tough shot.  That is a testament to Lakehead’s great coaching first of all. And also, our players for not panicking, adjusting and stepping up,” said Vallee.

On Saturday it was more of the same for Windsor, as they again trounced the ‘Wolves 74-35, led by a 17 point Clemoncon effort.  After blowout victories over Algoma and Laurentian last weekend, Vallee was asked about the importance for her young players to get experience late in these games.

“There are no clown minutes on this team.  We have 12 solid players, we have a bench because the reality is we have four or five international players that play international basketball on our team.  But our bench is not a CIS bench, our bench are solid university players who could start almost anywhere else in the country,” said Vallee.

The Lancers close 2013 on the heels of their ninth straight victory and sit second in CIS national standings.  You can catch OUA women’s basketball action next during the Lancer Holiday Classic from December 28 to 30 at the St. Denis Centre.

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