Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Basketball: OUA Women - Look out, the Lancers are coming!

Lancers basketball should feel pretty good right about now.

Both men’s and women’s squads (7–1) travelled to Kingston this weekend, won their games handedly against the Paladins and Golden Gaels, and lead the OUA West going into the holiday break.

Winning 77–58 against the Gaels, Jessica Clemencon (24 points, 12 rebounds) and Bojana Kovacevic (14 points) led the way to victory for the women’s squad. The Gaels competed well, making seven three-pointers and outscoring the Lancers 20–15 in the final quarter, but the game was unreachable by the end of the third quarter. Brittany Moore had 16 points in a losing cause.

The next day, in the stylings of an exhibition game, a 95–41 shellacking of the Paladins was highlighted by 48 per cent shooting and 15 offensive rebounds. Clemencon’s 29 points continues to show her prowess as a leader in the OUA. The Paladins scored 14 points in the second half, with Carolyn Pumphrey leading RMC with 15 points.

With their holiday now here, the Lancers can rest and re-energize. They will need the rest, as their next match is Jan. 5, against their divisional rival Mustangs (7–1).

The Mustangs were also hanging about the Kingston-based schools, where they also went 2–0. A 93–29 victory against the Paladins, and a 65–64 slim win against the Golden Gaels put the Mustangs in a good place as they contemplate their match against the Lancers five weeks from now.

The Lancers and Mustangs, along with the OUA East leading Varsity Blues (7–2), now lead the OUA with 14 points overall. The Blues were a solid 2–0 as well, beating the Warriors 81–45 and the Golden Hawks 60–52 Nov. 26 and 27. Nicki Schutz had 16 and 14 points over the two games, leading all Blues scorers.

There are a couple more contests in the schedule before the OUA takes a break. The Paladins will be hosting their derby with the Golden Gaels Dec. 2, and the Lions will scurry northward to face the Voyageurs at Laurentian Dec. 4.

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