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Un-Golden Hawks fall
By Paul Leeking
The Western women's basketball team needed the full 40 minutes to pull away from the scrappy Laurier Golden Hawks Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.
An offensive explosion by the Mustangs in the final minutes of the game proved to be the deciding factor, as Western posted an impressive 70-44 win. The victory lifted the team to 4-1 in league play this season and put them in a strong position heading into their final game before the Christmas break.
Guard Cindy Scott led a balanced Western attack with 14 points while forward Joanne Chehade and Guard Laura Verbeeten each potted 12 for the home side.
The game was a lot closer than the lopsided score would indicate, as the Hawks ran out of steam in the last seven minutes of the game. Laurier had narrowed the lead to five points on two occasions in the second half, but could not solve the gritty Western zone defence when they needed to.
Laurier head coach Stu Julius attributed his team's defeat to sloppy play and the difference in the depth of the two squads. "Western has a lot of depth. [Western head coach Bob Delaney] has a ton of great players this year. We just don't have the kind of players he has," Julius said. "When you turn the ball over 39 times, you are not going to win a lot of games."
After jumping to a quick 11-3 lead in the game, Western stopped generating any flow in their offensive attack and the defence seemed uninspired. Laurier seized the opportunity to sneak up on a dazed Mustang team and went into the intermission down only six points to the highly favoured Mustangs.
Western centre Anne Van Leeuwen said the team needed to focus during halftime. "We lacked intensity," she said. "We didn't execute offensively. We just were not playing to up our capability."
Off the bench, Van Leeuwen led a more intense Mustang charge in the second half. She scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and made three critical blocks which energized a Western comeback and in turn, began to dictate the tempo of the game.
A more disciplined Mustang offensive scheme began to exploit the smaller Golden Hawk front court frequently. The majority of shots came from good looks at the basket produced by screens and the forwards controlled both the offensive and defensive glass. Forwards Holli Clarkson and Lindsay Kennedy each brought down eight rebounds.
The Golden Hawks would fight to the end, but as Delaney began to clear his bench, a struggling Laurier team was not able to keep up and with the loss, the Golden Hawks drop to 1-6 on the year.
Despite the late Western surge, Delaney was not at all impressed with his team's effort. "I thought we played solid defensively. However, for some reason, we were playing hurry-up in the first half. That really cost us," he said.
Western travels to Waterloo tomorrow to take on the Warriors.