In 2020, the Durham Lords Women’s basketball team is going to win the championship for the first time since 1996-1997 season.
The Lords are on a seven game winning streak and are one game back from the first seed Algonquin Thunder.
The Lords have a fairly young team but are loaded in talent.
Kendra Oliver is having a breakout season and is fifth in scoring in the entire league. She is averaging 19 points and 13 rebounds a game as a freshman. Kendra deserves to be the most valuable player (MVP) of the OCAA . She always shows up in the big games and carries the Lords to wins.
Nobody in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) can guard Kendra, whose sister, Sierra Oliver, also plays on the team.
Sierra Oliver is a well-composed all around guard. She is good defensively and slows down the tempo offensively to the get the team in their sets. She can create scoring opportunities for other players as well as creating her own shot.
With the good supporting cast surrounding her, the Lords will be able to win the OCAA championship . She is an opponents nightmare to defend as she can shoot the 3 ball, post up, mid range and makes her free throws. She’s also a really good rebounder and defender.
The Lords have a lot of talent and a good coaching staff, many of whom have been in the spotlight before. Head Coach Heather Lafontaine has over 40 years of coaching experience and that will help the team a lot during the playoff stretch.
Andrea Zulich is a veteran who helps mentor the younger teammates. She has four years of experience playing university basketball. She is a great shooter and a good ball handler. She is always focused and makes the right basketball decisions.
Emily Glendinning, is having a good season averaging 15 points a game. She is a big factor for the Lords as she is the team’s second leading scorer. She can shoot the ball very well and can finish around the rim.
The Lords have fun on the court together and are a nicely organized team.
The Lords’ defence has been very good this season as they have only allowed their opponents to 55 points a game. They rotate well on the ball and have good communication. They can play either man-to-man or zone, both are efficient for them as they lock down their opponents.
The Lords score an average of 71 points a game. They have a deadly offense where everybody knows their role.
They are currently the second seed in the east with a 10-2 record and have now won seven straight games. As the season winding down the Lords look like they will have home court advantage for the cross-over playoff game. They are undefeated at home with a 6-0 record.
They are a really talented team on both ends of the floor and have been shining all season long.
The Lords are a hard-working and well-rounded team and will win the OCAA championship.