Emily Abbott

Lancers win local sports plaudits

Lancers took home more than half the hardware April 19, earning 12 of 23 Windsor-Essex County Sports Person of the Year (WESPY) Awards recognizing local athletes for their contributions to sports. The awards were based on accomplishments during the 2011 calendar year.

Jessica Clemençon brought home the evening’s top award as the female athlete of the year after a tremendous 2010/11 season in which she was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport female athlete of the year and helped lead Lancer women’s basketball to its first CIS championship.

Lancers repeat as national champs in women’s basketball

The Lancer women’s basketball team won its second straight Bronze Baby trophy as Canadian Interuniversity Sport champions, defeating the UBC Thunderbirds 69-53, Monday in Calgary.

Miah-Marie Langlois was named the tournament MVP for the second year running; Bojana Kovacevic joined her on the tournament all-star squad.

Windsor, seeded fourth coming into the CIS final 8, never trailed in any of its three contests.

Read more about the game and the title at goLancers.ca.

Reception to welcome home team

Women’s basketball coach grateful for trust of team captains

Iva Peklova says she will be sad when her Lancer career is over, but she doesn’t have time to think about that yet. While the women’s basketball team will play its final game of the regular season Saturday at the St. Denis Centre, Peklova and the rest of the squad plan to enjoy an extended playoff run.

Peklova and co-captain Emily Abbott are both in their fifth and final year of varsity sport. They will be honoured during a ceremony before Saturday’s game against the Western Mustangs; tip-off is at 2 p.m.

Video presents highlights of women’s basketball fundraiser

Her time at the University of Windsor helped her to become the woman she always envisioned, says Emily Abbott. The Calgary native was one of the Lancer women’s basketball players who spoke at the team’s mimosa breakfast, December 4.

“At the end of five years of being coached by Chantal Vallee . . . one will inevitably become a strong woman, someone who can change things,” said Abbott, a fifth-year guard. “That is all a young woman can ask for.”

Glen Bacarro of GlenTV produced a video of highlights from Sunday’s breakfast. Watch it now: