The Windsor Lancers got hot from the floor in the second half, building a lead around it to pull away and defeat the Gee-Gees 88-64 on Saturday night.
Coming off a loss the Carleton Ravens on Friday, the three-time defending national champion Lancers looked like a determined team from the get go. They built a nine-point lead before halftime after a fast-paced first half that saw the lead change hands eight times.
Both teams clogged up the paint and were even on rebounding in the first half. But when Windsor began to drain their shots – shooting 61 per cent in the third - it was tough for the Gee-Gees to keep pace as theirs just wouldn’t fall.
Miah-Marie Langlois had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lancer offensive. Korissa Williams added 20 to the effort, while Jessica Clemencon chipped in 17 points.
“We didn’t do a good job of containing the ball today. We turned the ball over inexplicably a number of times,” said head coach Andy Sparks after the game. “From when it was 24-all, we had five layups and missed them all. They made shots. There was a lot of times when it was us doing it to us. But I still think we could have competed a lot better with them.
The Gee-Gees were operating without starting guard Stephanie MacDonald, out with an injury she suffered on Friday.
“Steph’s been our one constant this year. She’s played every game. Now she doesn’t play in this situation and it makes it tough,” said Sparks.
Ottawa showed some life later in the fourth quarter, putting together their only run of the half, an 11-3 surge to pull within 18, but struggled to hold that form.
“We kind of just fell away from our defensive principles tonight,” said Angela Tilk, who played a solid game, going 5-for-11 from the floor for 12 points and six rebounds. “We knew that when they would start hitting shots that they’d really start hitting shots. We focused a little too much on their inside game and not their outside game. They got hot and we lost our defensive pressure.
Catherine Traer filled MacDonald’s spot in the starting line up and recorded 12 points, four rebounds, and three blocks.
“Every team hits a lull but it’s all about how you respond on the defensive end,” added Tilk. “I think that we let our offensive trouble carry into our defensive troubles. It’s something to learn from.”
The Gee-Gees, 1-1, will look to bounce back next weekend as they hit the road next to take on Guelph and Lakehead, the first of four straight contests away from home.