Basketball: OUA Women - West division at near parity

The season may be young, but seven of eight squads in the OUA West division are within four points of each other.

With four teams with 10 points and equal 5–1 records at the top, the Windsor Lancers and Lakehead Thunderwolves are setting the pace with undefeated weekends. The Lancers, with four players with double-digit points, thumped the Ottawa Gee-Gees 81–58. Miah-Marie Langlois led all scorers with 19 point, and Jessica Clemencon shot 60 per cent from the floor. The Lancers also clipped the wings of the Carleton Ravens 68–48 the next night.

The T-Wolves also laid a thorough beatdown on RMC, sprinting to a 73–29 win. That contest saw the Lakehead squad grab 62 rebounds compared to RMC’s 31. Scoring was evenly spread, with Lindsay Druery leading the way with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The other 10-point west division squads, the Laurier Golden Hawks and Western Mustangs, each went 1–1 this weekend. A day after winning a close 65-59 match against Laurentian a day before, the Golden Hawks lost a nail-biter to the York Lions, 63-59 Nov. 20. York guard Brittany Szockyj had a field day, scoring 20 points on 67 per cent shooting.

The Brock Badgers (4–2), Guelph Gryphons, and McMaster Marauders (both 3–3) are still within striking distance and able to gain divisional ground before the holiday break. Brock will face the Lions and Laurentian Voyageurs this coming weekend. The Gryphons alternate opponents with the Badgers , and the Marauders take an Ottawa swing to their schedule, facing the Ravens and Gee-Gees Nov. 26 and 27.

Meanwhile, the U of T Varsity Blues (5–2) lead the OUA East by half a game over the Ravens (4–2) after a 1–1 weekend on home turf. They lost to the Brock Badgers 74–67 Nov. 19 and squashed the Guelph Gryphons 80–65 the next night. Blues forward Nicki Schultz had 21 points and eight rebounds in the loss, and 11 and 13 in the win.
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