(London, Ontario) – On Saturday afternoon, the Fanshawe Women's Basketball team (14-4) defeated the Loyalist Lancers (7-7) by a score of 67-50. With the win, Fanshawe has now earned a spot in the OCAA Provincial Championships being held March 3-5 at Niagara College in Welland.
Fanshawe came out strong to start the game, using defensive pressure to spark an 11-2 run. The Falcons then went cold, as Loyalist came back to tie the game at 11. The first frame would end in a 13-13 tie. Fanshawe opened up the scoring in the second quarter with a jumper by Natalie Warren. Loyalist responded with a made shot by Jenni Thompson. Falcons' veteran Victoria Racine made two layups to put the home team back on top, however the Lancers did not let up. At the half, Fanshawe led 26-24.
The Falcons stepped it up in the third quarter, as rookie Mikhaila Wright hit a three pointer followed by a steal and a layup. Fanshawe's Kiesha Cato continued the scoring, making a three pointer off a beautiful pass by Laura Vere. The Falcons outscored the Lancers 23-10 in the third quarter to make the score 49-34 going into the final frame. The Lancers tried to come back, scoring 16 points in the final quarter, however the home team was able to maintain the lead. The Falcons put up a great team effort with all 12 players scoring as well as assisting on 22 of their 26 field goals. Fanshawe won the game by a final score of 67-50.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Kiesha Cato – 9 points, 4 assists
Laura Vere – 8 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists
Loyalist's Top Performer:
Jenni Thompson – 20 points, 9 rebounds
The Falcons are heading into the OCAA Provincial Championship as the third place team in the OCAA West Division. On Thursday, March 3, Fanshawe will take on the St. Lawrence Vikings (9-5) in the quarter-finals at 3pm.
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