by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Lancers basketball teams had a busy weekend as both the men and women travelled to Toronto to face the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and Ryerson Rams in back-to-back nights.
As the top-ranked women’s team in Canada, the Lancer’s continued their winning ways against the Varsity Blues, Nov. 14., winning 94-65. The women were led by fifth-year guard Korissa Williams, who scored 20 points and hauled down nine rebounds. Jocelyn Larocque scored 15 points and Cheyanne Rogers had 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Lancer men’s team, the fourth-ranked basketball team in Canada defeated the Varsity Blues 89-75 at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Junior Osuntola led the men with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Evan Matthews scored 16 points and Brad Parker scored 15 points.
However, the Ryerson Rams proved to be a much stronger opponent the next evening at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The Lancer women won a nail-biter 77-74 while the men dropped a 98-78 to the third-ranked team in Canada.
The Lancer women took a 38-35 lead into halftime but saw it go away after a 12-0 Ryerson run gave the Rams a 47-38 lead. Williams ignited a 12-0 Lancer run of their own as both teams finished the third quarter tied, 53-53. Both teams scored fast and often in the fourth quarter but in the end it was the slick shooting of Caitlyn Longmuir in the final minutes that sealed the victory for the Lancers.
Longmuir, who was celebrating her birthday on Nov. 15, scored three three-pointers in the final two minutes as the Lancers pulled away for the 77-74 victory. Williams scored 20 points, Rogers had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Longmuir chipped with 11 points.
The Lancer men were unsuccessful in completing a weekend sweep of Toronto area teams as they battled the Rams, who hold the number three ranking in Canada while the Lancers are ranked fourth.
A bad third quarter for the Lancers proved to be the difference in the game as the Rams built a 77-48 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Windsor outscored the Rams in the final quarter but it was not enough as they fell 98-78. Osuntola scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds in the Lancers first loss of the regular season.
Both teams will be in action, Nov. 22 against the Lakehead Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, Ont. The women are scheduled to play at 6 p.m. with the men’s game shortly to follow.