Volume 91, Issue 62

Tuesday, January 20, 1998

Little Bo Greek


Western rebounds over Gryphons

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
YOU'RE IN GUELPH – YOU'RE WITH THE LITTLE PEOPLE NOW. Western's Tanneke Blaauboer had no problems in the paint on Saturday afternoon against a Guelph team that was lacking in the big positions.

By Allan Russette

Gazette Staff

The Western women's basketball team continued its undefeated regular season (3-0) Saturday by marching into Guelph and handing the Gryphons a 66-54 loss.

The Mustangs started off slowly in the first half, missing shots and turning the ball over six times in the first five minutes, resulting in a brief Guelph lead. However, it was short-lived as Western turned up the intensity on defence and regained the lead by the 14-minute mark. The Mustangs half-court offence patiently widened the gap, taking a 38-28 lead into half-time.

Head coach Bob Delaney attributed his team's slow start to Guelph's preparation. "I thought their half-court token pressure – their contained press – caused us all kinds of problems because it slowed us down and we like to play really quick."

Delaney expected Guelph to be ready for this game and was generally pleased with the way his team handled themselves. "Half-way through the first half it was really critical that we stopped trying to force the ball inside and play quick against their slow-down defence. If we continued to play that way we were going to come away with a deficit by half-time."

Delaney credited the depth of his team, particularly the experience of point guard Angela Nobes, as the key to breaking down Guelph's pressure. "I was able to get Nobes to control them a little bit better, be a little more patient on offence and it worked for us. We've got too many weapons for most teams in our league to completely stall us."

Western continued with the same game plan through the second half, but could never quite pull away from the Gryphons. Guelph continued to chip away at Western's lead (which at one point reached 18 points), but could come no closer than 12 points.

Gryphon head coach Angela Orton was generally pleased with her team's performance, but felt that poor rebounding played a large factor in the loss. "Western is too potent of a team for us to give second and third scoring opportunities," she said.

The story under the rim for the Mustangs was the play of fourth-year forward Tanneke Blaauboer, who turned in another strong performance, coming up one rebound short of a double-double, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds.

"Tanneke's been playing awesome. I think she's got some determination in her game right now. It's great that there's somebody inside who's putting down buckets because it opens up everything outside," said Mustang co-captain Angela Nobes.

Nobes led the way for the Mustangs in scoring with a game-high 18 points and four steals while second-year guard Sonya Doherty matched her back-court colleague by also scoring 18 points and making four steals coming off the bench.

Western's women's team will continue their regular season on the road against McMaster tomorrow.

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