Korissa Williams had 21 points and was named tournament MVP after leading Windsor to a 60-47 victory over the McGill Marlets in the CIS women's hoops final. It marked the fifth straight national crown for the top-ranked Lancers, who tied Laurentian's record of five consecutive titles (1975 to '79).
Windsor also extended its win streak this season to 16 games and playoff win streak to 21 contests. The Lancers' last defeat came in 2012 when they lost to Ottawa in the OUA Final Four.
The win was also a historic one for Williams and Jocelyn LaRocque. The fifth-year players have raised the Bronze Baby trophy in each of their seasons at Windsor, a CIS first. Williams also added 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Lancers.
"Every championship is special, but this one even more," said Windsor head coach Chantal Vallee. "We only had nine players for most of the season, and for me, to win in the city of Quebec, where I'm from, it's pretty special.
"We didn't panic (when McGill got close), it was no big deal. It happens in basketball, it's a game of runs. We reacted as champions, pushed to the limit and got some scores."
The second-place finish was the McGill program's best after winning bronze in 1996.
"We knew it was going to be a grind," said McGill head coach Ryan Thorne. "They were a disciplined team, they knew what they were looking for.
"Their experience and their discipline came through and I think that was the difference in the game. To be the best, we have to be more disciplined and follow the game plan and stick with it for 40 minutes. No one is going to give it to you."
Windsor took a 34-26 lead at halftime before McGill pulled to within 34-32 in the third quarter. But Windsor responded by going on an 8-0 run and finished the quarter leading 45-38.
McGill made it a five-point game in the fourth but that's as close as they'd get against the defending champions.
Earlier, Kris Young had 25 points as the UBC Thunderbirds defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies 73-61 to capture the bronze medal.
It marked the UBC program's ninth CIS medal in its history after six gold and two silver.
Harleen Sidhu added 16 points for the Thunderbirds while Adrienne Parkin had 14 points.
Laura Dally scored 21 points for Saskatchewan, which also finished fourth in last year's tournament. Kelsey Trulsrud added 13 points and 14 rebounds.Suggest a correction