WOMEN’S WINDSOR LANCERS BASKETBALL – No. 6 Lancers edged by No. 2 Marauders
The No. 6 Lancer women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 74-73 win to the No. 2 ranked McMaster Marauders Wednesday night at the St. Denis Centre.
Heading into the final game of the regular season, the Lancers fall to 15-4 while the Marauders improve to 16-2 and earn their fifth straight win.
Windsor opened the game with a 7-0 run before the Marauders started to push back to pressure the hosts. Windsor led 13-8 after ten minutes.
The second quarter was a much tighter contest with the visitors outscoring the Lancers by just one 22-21. Leading 34-30 at the half, Windsor struggled from the free throw line in the first half shooting just 55% compared the Marauders 71.4%.
Emily Prevost reached her tenth double-double of the season after just twenty minutes of play, finished the half with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The fourth year senior finished the game with a game high 26 points and 14 rebounds.
McMaster exploded in the third, opening with an 8-0 run en route to a 30-17 quarter victory. That didn’t stop the Lancers however as they re-grouped in the fourth to come from behind and make it a one-point game with just 40 seconds remaining.
Following a Lancer free throw, the Marauders called timeout to gain possession in their end. Killing 24 seconds off the clock, the Marauders were unable to make their attempt and turned over the ball to the Blue & Gold with 18 seconds remaining. Prevost missed her field goal attempt in the paint, but got her own offensive rebound and was able to bring it back out to field goal range. With just one second on the clock, Prevost was able to get a shot off but the ball bounced off the side of the net giving the Marauders the win.
In the end, the difference came down to free throws as the Lancers shot just 59.1 % from the line compared to McMasters 73.7%.
Caitlyn Longmuir finished the game with 16 points, while Tyra Blizzard came off the bench to contribute 11. The Marauders were led by Linnaea Harper with 19 points and six rebounds.
Windsor will now close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon when they host the Brock Badgers at 1:00pm at the St. Denis Centre. Prior to the game the Lancers will honour their graduating seniors, Prevost and Longmuir.
MEN’S BASKETBALL – Extra time needed as Lancers defeat Marauders
Another outstanding performance from Lancer senior Mike Rocca lifted the Lancers to a 91-87 overtime victory over the visiting McMaster Marauders on Wednesday night at the St. Denis Centre.
With only one game remaining in the regular season, the win was crucial for the RPI rankings as the Lancers now hold a 10-9 record and the Marauders, who are currently one spot up on the Blue & Gold in the rankings, fall to 8-10.
Down 77-71 with 3:28 remaining in regulation, Lucas Orlita hit a three to kick start the Lancer comeback. After a pair of Allin free throws, Rocca hit a layup then stole the ball from the Marauders to make a from down deep just before the shot clock expired to put Windsor up 80-77 with 30 seconds remaining.
McMaster hit a three with 17.2 seconds left to tie and send the game into overtime.
After the Marauders opened the extra frame with a 7-4 run, Rocca was fouled while making a jump shot, and hit the extra point to tie the game 87-87. Two huge blocks from Luke Allin gave the Blue & Gold the ball back and Rocca the ball. The fourth year senior scored from in the paint with 40 seconds to go, the Lancers stopped the McMaster offense and killed on the clock. Luke Allin hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to earn the 91-87 win.
Rocca finished the game with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Mitch Farrell finished with 16 points, Micqueel Martin had 15, and Allin rounded things out with 12. Connor Gilmore led the Marauders with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Windsor will now host the Brock Badgers on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm. Prior to the game the Lancers will honour the 2006-07 OUA championship team, and will honour their graduating seniors in a post-game presentation.