The Durham Lords women’s basketball team can secure second place in the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association (OCAA) East by beating University of Toronto Mississauga Eagles this coming Sunday.
The Lords are 12-3 on the season and the Eagles are 10-5.
The Lords beat the Eagles earlier this season 84-67 at home.
The Eagles have the leading scorer, Jada Addai, in the OCAA. She is averaging 22.3 points.
DC Lords’ Kendra Oliver says Addai is going to be a top priority for the Lords defensively.
“If we play zone defence our team can stop her because she gets the ball at the top of the key and drives to the basket every time,’ says Oliver.
Kendra Oliver is third in the OCAA in scoring with 19.1 points and she is second in rebounds with 12.5.
Oliver says it would be very special for her to stay in the top three scoring in the OCAA.
“It would mean a lot to me, It’s just my first year here and I got a lot of back talk for staying in Canada for basketball. I’m not a big talker so I just let the numbers talk for themselves,” says Oliver who goes on to say the Lords just had a bad game against Algonquin and will bounce back Sunday.
“We’re just going to play harder and smarter. We want to end the season on a good note,” says Oliver.
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“We just want to get back in the winning column before the crossover game,” says Oliver. “I think our team has done well so far. We obviously still need to improve but we are a good team.”
Starting guard, Andrea Zulich, who is averaging 13.0 points and 7.9 rebounds a game, says she wants the Lords to get that second place.
“I think it’s pretty huge for us, we’re obviously aiming for first place but second place means a lot to us because we would have an easier crossover game,” says Zulich who goes on to say the Lords need to stick to the game plan.
“The challenge facing the Eagles is sticking to the game plan and execute. Getting rid of all those mistakes that we have been adding all season long,” says Zulich.
She says the Lords need to clean everything up in the last regular season game to be ready for the playoffs.
“Do everything well for our last game and be picture perfect for the playoffs,” says Zulich.
Oliver says Zulich is a good and enjoyable player to be around. She says she always gives positive feedback to everybody on the team and it helps everybody on the Lords.
“Andrea Is a great teammate, i enjoy her a lot, she’s fun to play with she makes sure if you mess up you know what you did and that’s great for our team to have a leader like her,” she adds.
After playing basketball for Laurentian University and Durham College, Zulich says she wants to end her basketball career on a good note.
“It’s my last year I think the most important thing is just give it my all. This is it for me and we need to bring the championship home,” says Zulich.
She says it’s important for the Lords to come out of the early gates and be ready.
“It’s a really important game for us we need to get the dub. We need to end the regular season on a win and carry that momentum into the playoffs,” says Zulich.