Rookies on parade
By Mike Sikorski
For any first-year university student, making a varsity sports team is a great achievement. However, for a rookie it is usually a year filled with little playing time and a designated spot on the bench.
Cindy Scott, a member of Western's women's basketball team has taken her rookie spot on the bench and parlayed her work ethic to the hardwood, engraving her name on the starting lineup of the number one-ranked Mustang team.
A first-year student from Brockville, Ont., Scott was the starting point guard for the two-time provincial champion Thousand Island Pirates and had drawn interest from schools all over North America before choosing Western.
"I really liked the basketball program and London and I also knew they had a really good team," Scott said.
Playing the position of shooting guard on a stacked Mustang roster, Scott has also been able to fill the role of point guard when team captain and OWIAA all-star Angela Nobes takes a breather.
"Angela has really helped me adjust to university ball," Scott said.
Her backcourt counterpart said Scott's improvement has been steady.
"She progresses each game and has handled the transition really well," Nobes said. "She has done a great job for this team."
Although not an offensive threat as of yet, Scott has contributed numerous times, utilizing her ball-handling skills and excellent passing to gain some impressive assists.
"She has a cannon and if you're under the net and not paying attention, look out," assistant coach Jodie Hauch said.
The stellar performance of the Mustang rookies has solidified the future of a dominant Western women's basketball team and has silenced any critics who thought the absence of all-time OWIAA scoring leader, Michele Vesprini, would be the end of Western basketball excellence.
Joining Scott are rookies Sonia Doherty and Holli Clarkeson, both who have and will be big contributors for the Mustangs this season.
"They're both talented players," Nobes said. "Sonia always works her ass off. She's just a great hustler and if Holli gets the ball anywhere near the net she's gonna put it in."
The younger players will have their chance to strut their stuff in Waterloo tomorrow. The Mustangs play their second game of the season and first of 1997 against the Laurier Golden Hawks.
"They always play us tough in their home gym," assistant coach Don Coleman said.
With a win over the Golden Hawks already in the books, Western will be looking for another victory to get the ball rolling in the new year and to retain its No.1 national ranking.