Volume 92, Issue 77
Friday, February 12, 1999
Consistency left in London
© Geoff Robins/Gazette
By Ian Ross
Consistency is a word the Western women's basketball team cannot seem to fit into their vocabulary this season.
Coming off a 70-51 victory over the first place Guelph Gryphons on Saturday, the team's momentum derailed again against a much weaker Windsor Lancer team on Wednesday night. The lack of consistency nearly cost the Mustangs their second defeat on the season squeaking by 56-52 in Windsor.
Head coach Bob Delaney was disappointed with the Western effort and said changes may be made in the starting line-up if his veteran players don't start producing on a regular basis.
"My feeling was that we didn't take Windsor seriously," Delaney said. "We don't seem to have any proficiency against the weaker teams. I think our starters have become complacent."
In total, the Western starting five fell behind by 11 points early in the game, shot 16 for 48 (33 per cent) from the field and turned the ball over 21 times.
Windsor head coach Chris O'Rourke said he considers Western to be the top squad in the division and was surprised with the poor effort early in the game.
"I think it was the case that we were up for the game and Western wasn't up or prepared to play," he explained.
Jenn Haylor, the team's leading scorer, was one of the individuals who struggled to find some sort of rhythm on the night. Haylor hit only five shots from the floor and recorded just 13 points.
O'Rourke pointed out Haylor's numbers and congratulated his team on a job well done. "Our game plan was to never lose her. Even when she was going to the bench I told my players to follow her," he said with a little sarcasm.
What saved the Mustangs from an upset at the hands of the Lancers was foul shooting and rebounding. Western went 19 for 21 from the charity stripe while pulling down 20 rebounds more than Windsor (48 to 28).
Mustang assistant head coach Don Coleman pointed to the fact that the team was on the road for the game which added to the challenge put forth by Windsor.
"When we are on the road the teams are tougher," Coleman said. "They always dig down a little further."
The Mustangs will take on the Brock Badgers on Saturday in Alumni Hall at 7 p.m..
Delaney felt strongly his Mustangs can top the Badgers by 20 points, but admitted the issue of consistency still wavers in the back of his mind. "Which team will show up is anyone guess. Frankly, I'm getting a little annoyed with that," he said.
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