by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Windsor Lancer women’s basketball team enjoyed a successful weekend with two wins over the visiting Brock Badgers and the MacMaster Marauaders.
The No. 1 Lancers defeated the Badgers, 85-54, Nov. 28 before beating the No. 7 Marauders, 71-50 at the St. Denis Centre Nov. 29 to extend their regular season record to 7-0 as they enter the holiday break.
Against Brock, an opening-possession three-pointer by Lancer’s guard, Caitlyn Longmuir, set the tone for a high-scoring evening for the four-time defending national champions while the Badgers did not score their first basket until three minutes in. The Lancers pushed the lead to 13 after Longmuir scored her third three-pointer of the quarter shortly before Cheyanne Roger scored a basket and drew a foul for a three-point play of her own.
“[Longmuir] is a great shooter, a great performer at the three-point line,” said fifth year guard, Korissa Williams. “That’s her job and she always gets it done.”
The Badgers would not quit, however, as they battled back and cut the Lancers lead to single digits, trailing 25-20 after the first quarter.
Despite the lead, head coach Chantal Vallee made the necessarry adjustments to her teams defensive game plan.
“Allowing 20 points in a quarter is just too many,” said Vallee. “We had to tighten up on defense.”
After Kira Cornelissen hit a left-handed hook shot to put the Badgers up 30-29 mid-way through the second quarter, Vallee called a timeout. After Carly Steer scored a three-pointer to put the Lancers back on top, it was the team captain, Williams, who scored four consecutive baskets to push the score to 42-30 before halftime.
“When [Williams] really focuses, she gets those ball steals and she can make things happen on her own,” said Vallee. “She’s probably the only player I know that can do that.”
After halftime, the Lancers pushed their lead to 20 points thanks to some Badger turnovers and missed layups. In the end, the No. 1-ranked women’s team in Canada cruised to an 85-54 win.
The next night, the women faced a stiffer test in the No. 7-ranked MacMaster Marauders, who came to the St. Denis Centre sporting a 6-1 record.
Four Lancers scored double-digits in the game, led by Williams’s 18 points and 10 rebounds. Third year forward Andrea Kiss also recorded a double-double, with 11 baskets and 14 rebounds. Roger and Steer also scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Windsor led 22-14 after the first quarter but McMaster countered in the second outscoring the hosts in the frame, 16-14, only to trail 36-30 at halftime.
The Lancer’s rebounding – led by Kiss and Williams – took over in the second half, as the Marauders were outrebounded 47-27 and could only convert on 24 percent of their shots.
At the end of four quarters, the final score was 71-50 in favour of the Lancers, who will rest until they host their annual Lancer Holiday Classic tournament Dec. 28 through Dec. 30. The Lancers OUA regular season resumes Jan. 7 when the Western Mustangs pay a visit to the St. Denis Centre.