The nationally fifth-ranked Windsor Lancers were able to secure a narrow 49-45 win over the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team in an electric matchup at Montpetit Hall on Saturday night.
The Gee-Gees threw the first punch as they led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. Fourth-year forward scored Jennifer Crowe seven points in the opening frame, continuing her solid play on the weekend.
Windsor fought defensive fire with fire in the second quarter, limiting the Gee-Gees to just five points before the half. A four-plus minute scoring drought finally disappeared in the final minute of the quarter on a jumper by Brigitte Lefebvre-Okankwu. The Gee-Gees closed the first half down by a slim 24-21 margin.
An aggressive start to the second half for the Lancers pushed their lead to double-digits, but the Gee-Gees rallied closed the third quarter down 38-30. The post presence of Angela Ribarich propelled her team back into the game, in the fourth quarter, the Gee-Gees climbed back to tie the game.
With less than a minute on the clock, the Lancers pulled away and left the Gee-Gees with no time to respond, handing them their fourth loss of the season.
“It was there to be had and we just didn’t take it,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. “When we spotted them the twelve-point run in the third quarter, it was a killer. I think the girls tried, but we’re really young and that’s where we are right now.”
Lefebvre-Okankwu led the team with 13 points, she also pulled down six rebounds, and had four steals in an all-star effort. Ribarich had a strong double-double effort with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
“Inconsistency has been my problem and I think it’s been a problem for the team as well,” said Ribarich. “It’s a little bit of a learning curve for us all. I think we’re starting to get it, it’s just the repetitions. We haven’t lost our optimism—we have to take things with a grain of salt.”
Looking ahead, the team has a one-game roadtrip to Thunder Bay for a matchup with the Lakehead Thunderwolves next weekend. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. with the game streaming on OUA.tv.