Lancer guard Isiah Osborne eludes an Ottawa defender.Lancer guard Isiah Osborne eludes an Ottawa defender.

Women claim bronze at provincial basketball tournament

The Lancer women’s basketball team finished third at the Ontario University Athletics final four tournament with a 68-58 defeat of the McMaster Marauders in a bronze-medal match-up Saturday in Ottawa.

Windsor rookie guard Kaylee Anagnostopoulos earned player of the game honours with a gritty defensive performance praised by head coach Chantal Vallée.

“She's going to have to shoot more and develop her skills but what she can do on defence is what keeps her on the floor,” Vallée said. “She's only in first year. Imagine what she’ll be able to do in fourth or fifth year.”

The team’s run of five straight national titles came to an end Friday in a 79-62 loss to the Ryerson Rams in the semi-final round of the provincial championship.

The Lancer men ended their season fourth with losses in both their OUA final four appearances, 96-77 to Ryerson in Friday’s opener and 90-77 to Ottawa in Saturday’s bronze medal consolation.

On Saturday, fifth-year guard Alex Campbell led all scorers with 24 points. OUA Rookie of the Year Isiah Osborne added 20 points, and Mike Rocca finished with 17.