Volume 91, Issue 66

Tuesday, January 27, 1998



Mustangs trample Marauders

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY. Mighty Mouse Angela Nobes [7] saved her team from crazed McMaster fans wearing Guelph jerseys in their game against the Mac Marauders on Wednesday.

By Alan Russette

Gazette Staff

The Western women's basketball team dominated both ends of the floor Wednesday night as they rolled over the McMaster Marauders like a juggernaut to come away with an 80-46 victory.

The teams traded baskets in the early going, but Western's pressure defence, coupled with the Marauders' miserable shooting, allowed the Mustangs to widen the gap and take a 36-23 lead into halftime.

The second half offered little relief for the hapless Marauders as they were unable to stop the bleeding and allowed Western to blow the game open – showing off the depth of their bench in the process.

"We got a great contribution from everybody in today's game," Mustang head coach Bob Delaney said. "Overall, I'd say we took a few big steps here toward getting to the level we know we can play at on a consistent basis."

Strong efforts on the defence were displayed by second-year guards Sonya Doherty and Cindy Scott, limiting Marauder guard Carla Vesprini a fifth-year standout, to three points for the game.

Delaney was pleased by the defensive effort and said limiting Vesprini was key to shutting down the Mac offence. "We felt going into the game that they only had three kids who could hurt us and that was Vesprini, [Danielle] Chabot and [Nicky] Brunhuber," he said. "Brunhuber got loose for about eight points in the first half, but we did a relatively good job in the first half and an excellent job on those kids in the second half."

Marauder head coach Theresa Burns looked at the game as a learning experience for her squad. "Western's ranked fifth in the country – they're a good team. They've got a lot of balanced scoring. They have a perimetre game and an inside game, so you have to be right on top of your game to be able to play with them," Burns said.

Burns added Western's presence on both the offensive and defensive glass and their quickness to loose balls made the biggest difference in the outcome. "Western has enough firepower to beat you on first chances. You can't give them seconds and think you're going to be in the game," she said.

Mustang co-captain Angela Nobes once again led the way for the Mustangs with 17 points and five assists, while Jenn Haylor and Sonya Doherty each poured in 14 points.

Holli Clarkson came off the bench and provided a strong presence on the boards, grabbing nine rebounds in place of starter Tanneke Blaauboer, who found herself in foul trouble for most of the game.

Nobes was proud of her teammates' efforts. "We had some tremendous play come off the bench and you've got to give those girls credit. It was a physical game and they came in and knocked down some shots and did things they had to do.

The Mustangs welcome the Windsor Lancers to Alumni Hall tomorrow at 7 p.m..

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