Volume 91, Issue 61

Friday, January 16, 1998

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SPORTS
 

Narrowed vision sends Hawks crashing



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LOOK DAD, I'M A FIELD GOAL POST. Western Mustang Jenn Haylor [8] and the rest of the fourth-ranked squad kicked Laurier's butt Wednesday night.


By Ian Ross

Gazette Staff

The Laurier Golden Hawks' women's basketball team, with their wings clipped early, nosedived onto the hardcourt Wednesday night, losing 88-46 to a charging Mustang squad at Alumni Hall.

Breaking out to a 25-7 lead in the first quarter, Western flew past the 1-3 Hawks, who were only able to dress eight players for the game due to injuries.

Leading the way was fourth-year veteran forward Tanneke Blaauboer, who led the team in both points (19) and rebounds (14).

"I consider myself a defensive threat, but I hope to become more consistent with points through the season," Blaauboer said.

Taking the role of a team player, Blaauboer was quick to credit her guards for their quick and accurate passing into the post position, an important skill she feels was at the best level she has ever seen.

Her dominating game only added to the headache for Laurier head coach Sue Lindley, whose team was unable to shut down Western's strong post play, which netted 47 points and pulled down 26 rebounds in total.

"Blaauboer had a great game and really pounded the boards hard," Lindley said. "This is the best I've seen her play."

Part of the reason for Laurier's inability to guard Blaauboer and the rest of the post players was a failure to focus on removing Western's guard-based offensive attack.

"We focused in on their two top players, Haylor and Nobes (both guards), but they have just too many weapons," she said.

Western head coach Bob Delaney was happy with the flexibility of his team and points to depth as the key to the team this season.

"We have so many offensive weapons," he said."They did a relatively good job on [Nobes and Haylor] but Nadia [Pezzolo], Tanneke and even Cindy Scott stepped it up."

Co-captain Angela Nobes laughed at Laurier's attempt to direct their efforts to individual players. "That was a poor game plan. If they planned to focus on one or two players, that must have hurt them."

Nobes added their opposition needs to focus not only on the five players on the court, but several key role players sitting on the bench, in order to compete successfully

With the game ending with a 42-point margin, the weak competition mirrored the poor challengers the team faced last season from the West division, allowing Western to cruise to an undefeated regular season. Both Nobes and Blaauboer feel the league is stronger this season and many teams will put up a greater challenge to the Mustang's undefeated 2-0 record.

Golden Hawk Sherry Faber, a third-year forward, was the lone spark-plug challenging Western's defence, scoring 25 points for more than half of the team total output.

"Sherry had a hot hand tonight and dumped in quite a few from outside," Lindley said.

Western's next opponent will take a swing at them tomorrow when they travel to Guelph to take on a competitive Gryphon squad.


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