Laurier: 53 Windsor: 81
WINDSOR, Ont. (March 14, 2014) - The No. 1 seeded and host Windsor Lancers defeated the No. 8 seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 81-53 at the St. Denis Centre in both teams first game in the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women's basketball championship.
Windsor moves on to play Fraser Valley in the national semifinals, while the Golden Hawks will play McGill on the consolation side of the tournament. Tip-off for Laurier is 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th.
"Windsor played really well right out of the gate," said head coach Paul Falco
. "They jumped on us and we had a really tough time stopping them in the first quarter."
The Lancers started the game off with an eight-point run which gave them a 10-2 lead. Laurier battled back, but by the end of the first Windsor was up 29-13.
"We started off a little bit slow and we didn't have as much intensity as they did and that hurt in the beginning," said Laura Doyle
of Guelph, Ont.
Miah-Marie Langlois of Windsor, Ont., who was named player of the game, started the Lancers off with three three-pointers on her first three shots of the second quarter to further widen the gap. She finished the match with 30 points, going 11-15 from the floor.
Despite the strong shooting of the Lancers, the Golden Hawks put together a strong defensive effort in the second, holding Windsor to just 14 points, while scoring 12 of their own.
"I was pleased with the way the girls battled back and played hard," said Falco on their second quarter performance.
At the start of the third quarter, Laurier strung together a six-point run of their own to bring them to within 13 points of the Lancers. Windsor followed that up with an eight point run, put together by Korissa Williams (Windsor, Ont.) and Cheyanne Roger (Etobicoke, Ont.).
"They do what they do best, a good inside presence and rebound extremely well. And then they got the outside shooting going," said Falco. "When they are balanced scoring like that you can't really focus on one or the other."
Laurier was unable to sustain any momentum in third, which finished with the Lancers leading 68-39. The Hawks outscored the Lancers 14-13 in the final frame.
"We have to move past this one, take a couple hours to think about it and get back to our game plan," said Doyle.
Laurier's leading scorer was Whitney Ellenor
(Pickering, Ont.) who had 11 points, followed closely by Bree Chaput
(Guelph, Ont.) with 10. Samantha Jacobs (Enniskillen, Ont.) was the Hawks top rebounder with five.
For the Lancers, other then Langlois, Jessica Clemencon (St. Rambert, France) posted 13 points. Korissa Williams posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
The Lancers shot 49.2% from the floor and 57.1% from three-point range. The Hawks hit 34.5% of their shots.
NOTES: Bree Chaput
matched her season high of four steals against the Lancers; COURTNEY BRUCE
had a career high four assists; Laurier only had 12 turnovers to Windsor's 18.