Former Lady Gen helps Lancers capture first CIS Women’s Basketball title

By Joel Charron

You merely have to utter the words “national champion” to hear the excitement in Korissa Williams’ voice.

Last Sunday, the former General Amherst Lady Gens superstar helped guide the University of Windsor Women’s basketball team to their first ever CIS Women’s basketball championship title.

Coming off the bench, Williams scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Lancers 63-49 win over the second ranked Saskatchewan Huskies in front of a home crowd of 2,282 fans.

“I’m so excited. It’s such a great feeling and a great experience,” said Williams in a phone interview.

The CIS championship caps off a tremendous year for the freshman guard. Williams was named to the OUA All-Rookie team and although Williams was not a starter, she saw her minutes increase as the season wore on.

Williams is no stranger to big games. While playing for the Lady Gens, Williams played in a number of high-level tournaments in addition to grabbing an OFSSA gold medal and a pair of silver medals.

Williams said her time with the Lady Gens helped prepare her for playing at the next level.

“Being in close situations with the Lady Gens helped me learn how to deal with the pressure of the moment,” said Williams.

Williams said her freshman year was a lot of fun, stating that she has learnt a lot about the game of basketball. She also said that playing at the next level “opened her eyes” to the thinking aspect of the game.

“There is so much more behind everything the coach says,” explained Williams.

Williams’ former coach and current Lady Gens head coach Dom Silvaggio was able to attend the CIS Women’s Championship and said it was “very gratifying” to see a former player playing at such a level.

“It’s always nice to watch a former player playing at the next level and having fun. You can tell when Korissa was on the court she was having fun. She was smiling and laughing. It was fun to watch.”

Silvaggio said he had no doubt that Williams would excel playing university ball.

“I told the University of Windsor coach (Chantal Vallee) that you may not start her at the beginning of the year but by the end of the year she will be playing significant minutes and contributing.”

Silvaggio prediction came true as Lancer coaches told Silvaggio that William “saved their bacon” on a few occasions throughout the year.

Attempts to contact head coach Chantal Vallee went unanswered.

Williams credits her former and present coaches to her success on the court.

“I don’t think I would have gotten this far if it wasn’t for the coaches I’ve had from grade school, high school and now,” said Williams.

Williams plans on returning next year to the Lancers for her second year.

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