Laurier: 58 Windsor: 86
WINDSOR, Ont. (March 1, 2014) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team was no match for the No. 1 Windsor Lancers on Saturday night as they lost 86-58 in the OUA West Final at the St. Denis Centre.
The Hawks struggled to contain a potent Windsor lineup that was firing on all cylinders on their home court. The Lancers used their size in the paint as well as their ability to get to the bucket off the dribble to create numerous mismatches and finished the game shooting an impressive 52.3 percent from the floor.
"I think we saw what they do best and that really hurt us," said head coach PAUL FALCO
of the Lancer following the game. "Their pressure hurt us in terms of turnovers and it created a lot of transition and easy hoops for them. And their inside presence, their size inside, a couple of their post players, they really took advantage of put-backs on the boards."
"They're a great team, they're ranked number one in the country for a reason," added fourth year forward Whitney Ellenor
of Pickering, Ont. "I think we did a good job, but I think we turned the ball over too much and thats what killed us. We would have momentum and then we would lose it by turning the ball over tonight."
Three different Lancers finished the game with 20 or more points to pace their offensive effort. Miah-Marie Langlois of Windsor, Ont., led the way with 24 points along with seven steals, five rebounds and five assists in an outstanding overall performance while Korissa Williams of Windsor, Ont., and Cheyanne Roger of Etobicoke, Ont., added 22 and 20 points respectively.
As for the Hawks, Ellenor finished the game with a season-high 18 points and three steals in what was her best performance of the season.
"Whitney had an extremely good game," commented Falco on his starting post. "She played hard from start to finish and she played Clemencon extremely hard. She made it tough for her to get the ball where she wanted and she was a presence on the glass."
Right from the opening tip, the Lancers took control of the game and demonstrated why they are the three-time defending national champions. Using their size, Windsor quickly established a 12-point lead after the opening quarter and increased that advantage to 45-27 at the half.
With a berth in the OUA Championship on the line, the Hawks came out strong to start the second half. Twice the purple and gold managed to cut the Lancers lead to 14 but wisely-used timeouts by the Lancers prevented Laurier from getting any closer as the Hawks trailed 63-49 after three quarters.
In the fourth, the Hawks simply ran out of steam against a strong opponent as the Lancers ran away with the win to advance to their sixth straight OUA Final.
As for the Hawks, they will now play for the OUA Bronze Medal and the final berth in the CIS Championship next weekend when they head to Ottawa to take on the Carleton Ravens.
"Carleton's a tough team and we have to go into their gym," stated Falco on the Hawks upcoming opponent. "It's a place that we've won already this year, which is a positive, and it's a team that we match up pretty well with. It's a matter of us playing the strong defence that we've played the last couple weeks and make sure we can get some offence going."
Stay tuned to laurierathletics.com for complete playoff information.