(Oshawa, Ontario) – The St. Clair College Women's Basketball team came from behind Saturday night in Oshawa to defeat Durham College 73-58 and punched their ticket for the OCAA Championship tournament hosted by Niagara College (Welland, ON) March 3-5. The Saints now face Humber College (Etobicoke) who is the 2nd ranked team in the country with an unblemished 18-0 record this season.
St. Clair had a slow start in the game as the home team took an early 11-4 lead and Durham closed the first quarter up 18-8. The Saints responded in the second quarter to take a brief 25-24 lead but Durham answered right back and held a 10-point lead with under 20 seconds to go in the half. However, St. Clair forced 3 turnovers in those final first half seconds and entered the break down just 35-29. The Saints carried the momentum into the second half and outscored Durham 23-16 in the third quarter. St. Clair then sealed the game in the final quarter by holding the Lords to just 7 points while scoring 21 of their own. St. Clair had a decided advantage on the glass out-rebounding Durham 56-37 and scored 26 second chance points in the game. The Saints were near perfect at the free throw line shooting 17 for 18 in the contest.
St. Clair 2nd year forward Torrie Handsor (Wallaceburg, ON) had a team high 17 points completing a double-double with 11 rebounds and added a pair of blocked shots for good measure. 5th year Saints guard Jaide Lyons (Windsor, ON/FJ Brennan) scored 15 points to go with 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Shannon Kennedy (Windsor, ON/St. Joseph's) returned from injury to score 12 points while pulling down 8 rebounds with 3 assists and 3 steals. 2nd year forward Nicole Tamm (Windsor, ON/Holy Names) chipped in with 10 points and narrowly missed a double-double with 9 rebounds.
St. Clair held OCAA leading scorer Lindsay Panchan (Ajax, ON) to 17 points on 5 for 17 shooting but she was a force in the game pulling down 12 rebounds while going 7 for 7 from the free throw line for Durham. The Saints are now 9-0 against Durham in this crossover playoff game.