It’s win or go home for the Lords

Durham Lords guard Andrea Zulich going for a crossover. Photo credit: Allan Fournier

The Durham Lords women’s basketball team finished in third place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) East with a 13-3 record.

Normally, that would get them a home playoff game.

But the Lords will hit the road as they enter the biggest stage of the season.

Due to a scheduling issue with Durham’s gym, the Lords will go on the road to Scarborough’s Centennial College to face the 9-9 Conestoga Condors from Kitchener Saturday.

Tipoff is 2 p.m.

The Lords lost 52-51 to the Condors in an exhibition game earlier this season.

Guard Andrea Zulich says she is displeased playing a road playoff game after a successful season.

“I’m a little bit disappointed, because usually when you do well during the season you’re supposed to be rewarded to play in your home gym,” says Zulich.

But forward Kendra Oliver says playing on the road doesn’t change anything for her.

“It is what it is – we have to go on the road and take care of business,” says Oliver.

Zulich says the Condors are a bigger team than the Lords and Durham will need to be solid rebounding the ball.

“We need to be quick on our feet, be able to push the ball, get them tired. On defence we have to box out, be strong and make it hard on them to get the rebound,” says Zulich.

Oliver says the Lords need to push the pace against the Condors.

“To win this game we have to run them out of the gym because they are a slow team and the faster we play the better chance we have at winning,” says Oliver.

Personally, Zulich says she wants to improve on defence and making more shots for the Lords as she went 2-9 from the 3-point line last game against the University of Toronto-Mississauga Eagles.

“I need to be more aggressive on my on-ball defence and I need to knock down my shots,” says Zulich.

Zulich says this is a very big game for her, as it could be her last for Durham. She played four years at Laurentian University and now one year with the Lords.

“This is a very important game to me as this could my last one of my career,” she adds.

The Lords must win to advance to the OCAA women’s basketball championship in Windsor March 6-8.

“It’s the game to make it to the OCAA championship tournament and for our team to go there it’s super important. To me it would mean a lot making it considering it’s my first year,” says Oliver.

“Our mindset is just to win plain and simple and get started on what’s coming for us during the OCAA,” she adds.