First things first, if you haven’t heard, a match between the McMaster Marauders and Windsor Lancers (scheduled for Jan. 12), has been postponed until Feb. 6. The postponement really benefitted the Lancers (9–2), who are now one and a half games back of the Western Mustangs (11–1). The team was rested, and they took their energy out on the Waterloo Warriors, beating them 82–45 last Saturday.
Allow me to provide my stat of the game (no trumpets, please). The Warriors (now 0–12 this season) did not score more than 13 points in a quarter for the game. Not impressed? How about this: the Lancers out-rebounded the Warriors 38–25? Or that the Lancers forced 42 turnovers? Forty-two!
Whether this was a matter of futility on the Warriors' part, or just a clinic put on by the Lancers, the game is stat-worthy. By the way, all but one Lancer scored a point in the game. Jessica Clemencon, who should be considered for high honours at season’s end, led all Lancers with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Warriors' guard Erin Tilley scored 17 points in a losing cause.
Meanwhile, those Mustangs kept pace, going 2–0 over the weekend. They de-clawed the Brock Badgers 76–66 last Wednesday. Matteke Hutzler, another person of note, had 21 points. They also squeaked by the Guelph Gryphons 57–52. Should we read too much into that? I don’t, at least not right now.
As well, Toronto (9–4) is getting stronger by the week. Victories over the York Lions and Laurentian Voyageurs (87–54 and 94–63) have to be considered statement games for this squad. They are still second in the East behind the Carleton Ravens (10–2), but the Blues will face those birds Feb. 11. Those Ravens, by the way, did go 2–0 this weekend too, but a squeaker against the Gaels (64–62) and an expected blowout against the Paladins (72–42) show me that this division may still be up for grabs.