The season is over for the the Durham Lords women’s basketball team.
The Lords couldn’t recover from a poor start and lost to the Fanshawe Falcons 79-70 Friday in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) quarter-finals, in a game played in Windsor.
Durham found itself trailing 22-10 after the opening quarter and couldn’t overcome the deficit.
The Lords made a push in the third quarter and cut the lead down to as many as seven points but couldn’t get closer.
The Lords lost the battle of bench points as they only had three points to the Falcons’ 21.
Durham forward Kendra Oliver had 37 points and 24 rebounds in the loss. Andrea Zulich added 18 points to go along with eight rebounds.
Fanshawe was led by OCAA player of the year Chout Angou, who had 21 points.
Oliver says the Lords struggled to cash in offensively.
“The game went good, I think, at the start we were just having trouble scoring and making our shots,” says Oliver.
Zulich says the Lords lost the game in the first quarter.
“The first quarter honestly. I’m not sure why we started the way we did but it was like we were scared. If we could re-do that I think it would’ve been a different game,” says Zulich.
She says the Lords battled the best they could against the Falcons.
“The game was obviously not how we wanted it to end, but I think we all played our hardest and fought to the end,” says Zulich.
Oliver says the Lords didn’t rebound well.
“We just didn’t hustle enough with getting boards and all of the small things,” says Oliver.
She says the positive is that the Lords have gained more experience this year.
“Most of our team is coming back next year so we’ll be more experienced,” says Oliver, adding she is frustrated the season has ended.
“It’s tough that we lost and the season is done now.”
Zulich, who played her final game for Durham, says she enjoyed every moment with the Lords this season.
“Overall it was a very good season. I think we really came together as a team and a lot of positives came out of this season,” says Zulich, who has also played four years of university basketball at Laurentian.
“We did our best on the court and honestly it was the best year of basketball I played in all my career, I really loved this group of girls. We won a lot of games and we all had fun.”