The Thunderdome was flooded with a sea of pink Friday night as Lakehead put on its annual Think Pink benefit for breast cancer research in Northwestern Ontario. Unfortunately the Lady ‘Wolves were unable to pull off a victory Friday or Saturday night, losing the Windsor Lancers 71-60 and 67-31.
The Lancers are a good test of what it takes to be a top team in the OUA; the losses may come as a good lesson for the Wolves, who are still contending for a berth in the playoffs.
Tasia McKenna started the first half of play Friday night with some tremendous shooting, burying a pair o’ three-pointers early and was hitting players for easy lay-ins under the basket. But Windsor’s defense stood tall. Literally – they are 6’3” and 6’4”.
Lakehead struggled to match the athleticism of Windsor. Despite being outsized, Lakehead stayed strongly in the game, even taking a three-point lead into the second half and eventually taking a seven-point lead. Windsor went on a run in the second, using their size and speed to take the win away from the Wolves.
Top scorer for the Wolves was Lacey McNulty with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tasia McKenna added 13 first-half points, but she was unable to maintain the pace in the second.
Coach Kreiner noted some positives to be taken away from the game, but needs to see a more consistent effort:
“We played an excellent game for 28 minutes. We stuck to our game plan during that time, but when Windsor made their run late in the 3rd we started to break down and make mistakes.”
Saturday night’s game was almost a continuation of Friday’s second half. Tasia was shadowed all night by a tough Windsor defense. Lakehead got into some foul trouble, and did not play sharp all night. Turnovers by the Wolves made it easy for Windsor to keep the lead. The Wolves had some great hustle shown by some of their reserve players, most notably Katie Ulakavic, but it wasn’t enough on Saturday.
Kreiner was also pleased by the effort he received from his reserve players.
“The night after playing at a high level we came out flat and we got frustrated early in the game. Coming into the game our goal was to hold Windsor into the 60’s and we accomplished that but we didn’t get anything going on the offensive end. Katie Ulakovic and Ashley Randall were our best players tonight and played with energy and heart. We need our starting crew to be more consistent, not panic, and to play with confidence.”
Article photo by Cassie Noyes