by Kim Elliot
The Lance Contributor
The Lancer women’s basketball team has gained momentum after picking up a couple more wins, first by squeaking past the Laurier Golden Hawks by three on the road before trouncing the Waterloo Warriors by 50-plus points on home court during alumni weekend.
In a 72-69 win over the Hawks in Kitchener Jan. 27, Emily Prevost was dominant offensively as she pulled off a season-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. A pair of Prevost’s front court running mates also came up with big performances against their OUA west division rival with Cheyanne Rogers supporting Prevost’s efforts with 15 points and Andrea Kiss adding another double-double with a symmetrical 12-point, 12 rebound performance.
Each game thus far, the three have been taking turns carrying the offensive and defensive load and Prevost said after coming off of a tough loss to Mac, they needed a good team win and that’s what they got.
“Everyone worked really hard, and it was up and down. But fortunately we stayed and persevered through it,” Prevost said.
The win pushed Windsor’s record to 8-4, which is among the best in the OUA, and dropped Laurier back to 6-6. Nicole Morrison, Courtney Bruce, Sarah Dillon respectively scored 23, 13 and 11 points in leading the Laurier attack that was narrowly repelled.
Unlike their game against the upset minded Hawks, the Lancers dominated every quarter of play against the Waterloo Warriors Jan. 30. Prevost led the way offensively once again with 24 points and 13 rebounds to complete the double-double, followed by Kiss with 17 points and eight boards. Rogers put up 15 points while rookie Alyssa Cerino chipped in with 13 points as part of the Lancer reserves squad who added significant lift to the final outcome with 41 points off the bench.
“It’s always good playing well enough as starters, to allow our bench to get into the game by not sinking to the level of our opponent,” Roger said. “We got a few easier games coming up, but every team is going to play their best against us. So we just have to continue to play at a high level so when we get to those tougher teams we’re ready to go.”
Prevost piled in a total of 55 points and 23 rebounds in the two-game span but alongside Roger and Kiss, the Lancers now hold the league’s 11th, 12th and 15th ranked scorers with span of 13 to 15 points per game being scored between them.
“We also know that regardless of the quality of the opponent we still have to come out and play hard. I’d had no excuse after dropping thirty one in a close game against Laurier [on the road] and then not play very well against Waterloo at home,” Prevost said. “Today was another great day to get our youngins on the court too.”
Only Kristen Osborne and Hilary Ferguson scored in double figures for Waterloo with 11 and 13 points respectively. In addition to doubling the total scoring output, the Lancers also doubled the opposition in rebounds, assists, steals and points from the bench. The win topped up the Lancers record to 9-4; good enough for second place in the OUA West and pushed the Warriors back to 2-11.
The favorable results in both games may have garnered Windsor a few more votes in the weekly CIS Top 10 rankings, and signals coaches are taking note of the current defending champs once again across the nation. Quickly approaching on the horizon after playing two home games against the Laurentian Voyageurs and Nipissing Lakers this weekend is the Lancers trip to Toronto Feb. 12 to compete against the 10th-ranked Queens Gaels in an OUA showcase game during NBA All-star Weekend at the Enercare Centre.