Western knows hoops
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WANT THE BALL? CAN'T HAVE IT. WANT IT? STILL CAN'T HAVE IT Mustang rookie Cindy Scott teases her defenders during a 70-53 victory over Windsor.
By Alex Chiang
It was just another day at the office for Western's top-ranked lady hoopsters. Typical of their season thus far, the Mustangs came out flat at the start but soon gained momentum en route to a 70-53 victory over Windsor.
Jennifer Haylor and Angela Nobes led the stampede to the team's fourth victory in as many games. Haylor, who has the potential to provide Western with instant offence as long as she doesn't let her frustrations get the best of her, turned in a 20-point performance.
"Haylor usually starts off slow," Western head coach Bob Delaney said. "She has the tendency to get down on herself if she misses her first few shots."
"Thank God she showed up today," guard Nobes said. "When she plays well it takes a whole lot of pressure off the rest of us."
Feeding Haylor for many of her baskets, Nobes had 19 points of her own. The fourth-year Nobes is the quarterback for the Western offence and has an uncanny ability to find the open shooter.
"Angela's a great player and passer," Haylor said. "If you're open she'll get you the ball. She's definitely the leader of this team."
The win distances the Mustangs from the rest of the pack in top place in the OUAA West division. Windsor coach Shawn O'Rourke conceded his Lancers lost to a better team.
"We played hard, but Western's the number-1 team in the country," he said. "They're very strong and have so much depth that they'll be hard to beat."
Out-rebounded for the first time this season, Western's men's team prevailed 73-64 in an aggressive game marred by poor shooting.
Last year's OUAA West rookie-of-the-year Geoff Stead had a double-double with 21 rebounds and 15 points in Windsor's losing cause.
"Stead gave us a solid performance today," Windsor head coach Mike Havey said. "Getting on the scoresheet is what he does."
Stead felt he was evenly matched with the Mustangs' frontcourt. "I don't think Western's big men are any different from the rest of the league," he said. "They may play a bit more physical than other teams but we're more than able to handle them."
Both teams struggled desperately to find their scoring touch each squad made only a third of its shots. Western head coach Craig Boydell felt his team should be making at least half of its attempts.
"It was a very physical game today," he said. "We produced better shots for ourselves than we have all year but we didn't get them in the hole."
Jonathan Dingle led the Mustangs with 14 points including two treys. It was Dingle's second consecutive strong showing after a solid game last week against McMaster.
"It was a good win for us because there was not a let down after our big win against McMaster," he said. "In other games we were playing a lot more individually but today's game showed that we're coming together offensively."
With Guelph dropping its first game of the season this weekend to McMaster, the Mustangs move back in to a first-place tie with the Gryphons in the OUAA West division.
The men's team travels to St. Catharines tomorrow for an 8 p.m. showdown against the Brock Badgers while the women play there Thursday at 7:30 p.m.