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by: Kevin Ye Su

News and Sports

Perception is reality and reputation matters.

When I first moved to Canada from Honduras, I was expecting people to be very nice. Why? Because that’s the reputation Canadians have. When I moved to Toronto this past summer, I thought people would be egocentric. Why? Because that’s how all my Canadian friends and colleagues described Torontonians.

Sports teams and university athletic programs also have reputations. A bad reputation increases the opponent’s confidence, while a good reputation gains the opponent’s respect.

Let’s be honest here, Windsor, reputation could use some work.  Maclean’s most recent university rankings of Canada’s top schools in the comprehensive category ranked the University of Windsor last (we were second to last in 2018). Stephen Colbert, a popular comedian and late-night show host, referred to the city as the “Earth’s Rectum.”  Ouch!

In basketball, reputation can mean everything.  Across the river, the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons of the late-80s and early-90s are the perfect example of a team with a reputation.  Our women’s basketball team has a positive image across campus (at least that’s what I’ve heard), while the men’s team does not seem to be as well defined. But, what do people outside Windsor think?  That outsider opinion is often was makes a rep stick.

With the basketball season kicking off October 23, I reached out to basketball players, past and present, from opposing universities across Ontario to learn their perspective of our Lancer basketball teams.

Let’s start with the Women’s team.

Dynasty

Taken from @WindsorLancers twitter

“They were unreal for a few years there,” Katie Bastedo, guard/forward for the Western Mustangs said. “They won five straight nationals.”

“Windsor has a very good reputation, I remember when they won five championships in a row,” said Julia Hanaka, a guard with the McMaster Marauders.

“I’m not from Canada so I don’t really know much about Windsor,” said Lakehead Thunderwolves’ guard Sofia Lluch. “What I can say is that they used to be good.”

Solid Offensive and Defensive Team

“I would describe [the team] as a solid defensive team,” said Carriera Lamoureux, former guard for the Algoma Thunderbirds. “The offense was a bi-product of their defensive tenacity.”

“Windsor is best at defense, especially with their offense-to-defense transitioning,” said Hanaka. “They always execute their offense very well and shoot very well from the 3-point line. This makes us respect their game because if we give them space, they can shoot.”

Players to Watch

Olivia Osamusali

Taken from the Windsor Lancers website.

“She’s huge,” Bastedo said. “She was one of the top offensive boarders and blockers in the league last season.”

Kayah Clarke

Taken from the Windsor Lancers website.

“She is both an offensive and defensive threat, and definitely gives the team character,” said Hanaka.

Now, what about the fellas?

Offensive and 3-Point Shooting Team

Taken from the Windsor Lancers website.

“They’re an offensive team,” said Laurier Golden Hawks’ forward Kemel Archer. “They’re a 3-point shooting team.”

“Windsor would be more of an offensive threat,” said Yamin Mireault-Dibanda, former forward for the Guelph Gryphons. “You guys have a bunch of players that can shoot 3s and this is where it could become challenging to play you guys.”

Hard-Working Team with Potential

“Windsor is not an easy team. They’re capable of winning games and beating better teams,” Archer said.

“You guys are a team that always come out and play hard since you do lack some good experience and talent,” Daniel Cayer, forward for the Brock Badgers said. “You have a good point-guard and center that are young but have lots of potential on the offensive end.”

“They are known for being a tough and gritty team,” said Will Urosevic, a guard with the Waterloo Warriors.

Players to Watch: To Be Determined

“Mike Rocca used to be the guy,” Archer said. “I don’t know who is now.”

Taken from Windsor Lancers website.

Sadly, I suppose, Rocca’s last year with the Lancers was the 2016-2017 season. He averaged 16.8 points per game and 4.5 assists per game, as well as making the 2nd most 3-point field goals (64) in U SPORTS during his last season. He was also named an OUA all-star and was recognized with the University of Windsor male DeMarco award (Lancer that best combines academics and athletics).

Reputations can be a tricky thing.  For the women’s team, they have to live up to a past that casts a large shadow.  The men don’t have a glorious past to uphold and the pressures that go with that.  They do, however, have the stresses of forging an identity for themselves and that presents its own challenges.

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