March 15, 2013, Regina, Sask (ISN) – The No. 1-seeded Windsor Lancers finally pulled away from Ottawa in the second half and scored a 56-46 victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday afternoon in a CIS Championship quarter-final game at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport on the campus of the University of Regina.
The two teams started out cold from the field and traded leads 11 times before Windsor’s run, which saw the top-ranked Lancers reel off 12 consecutive points over a span of six minutes late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to turn a tie game into the first double-digit lead of the contest for either team.
Jessica Clemençon led Windsor with the game’s lone double-double, ending up with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Two other Windsor starters also broke into double figures in the win, including Korissa Williams (14 points) and Miah-Marie Langlois (13).
Tatiana Hanlan led Ottawa with 10 points.
“They’re a tough team, and we’re a tough team,” Windsor head coach Chantal Lavallee said. “We knew it would come down to the wire. We’re ready, the team didn’t panic, and we did what we needed to do to win.”
Both teams opened up fairly tentatively, as the neither team was able to score until nearly three minutes in when Hanlan finally hit a mid-range baseline jumper to get the Gee-Gees on the board. The game was tight throughout the entire first half, as Windsor’s five-point leads in the late stages of both the first and the second quarters were the largest lead for either team in the opening 20 minutes. Despite shooting under 20% from the field, the Lancers took a 21-18 lead into halftime.
Windsor’s big run started with an Andrea Kiss free throw with 2:45 left in the third quarter. The Lancers held Ottawa off the scoreboard for just under seven minutes and of Windsor’s 12 consecutive points, Williams collected seven of them – five of which came off free throws.
Ottawa got the lead back down to six on three different occasions down the stretch, but weren’t able to draw any closer to Windsor as the Lancers won their third game in as many tries this season over the Gee-Gees.
Free throws proved to be the difference, as Windsor drew 40 free throws and hit 21 of them while Ottawa was 8-for-10 from the stripe. Both teams picked up their shooting in the second half and ended up at a 32% clip from the field for the game.
Windsor will play the winner of the Carleton/Calgary quarter-final on Saturday night in a semifinal contest, while Ottawa will take on the loser of that game in the consolation bracket.