Volume 92, Issue 78
Tuesday, February 16, 1999
Badgers feel Western's wrath
© Geoff Robins/Gazette
By Ian Ross
Make it seven straight victories for the Western women's basketball team.
Hungry for another berth at the national championships, the Brock Badgers became the latest victim of the Mustang attack in a 73-62 defeat at Alumni Hall on Saturday night.
The victory raised Western's record to 9-1 in regular season play and moved the Mustangs into sole possession of first place in the Ontario West division over Guelph and McMaster.
"Everything is coming together," said point guard Cindy Scott. "We are working harder in practice and we know what we have to do to go further."
After struggling during the holiday break winning only one of six games during tournament play the squad held several important meetings, made a few personnel changes and reset team goals, said Western head coach Bob Delaney.
The result has been a more focused and confident team on the floor which their current winning streak reflects.
"There are different people starting and they are just getting used to each other," Delaney said. "Another aspect is the other people know their roles coming off the bench.
"We seemed to have turned the corner after Christmas."
The Mustangs may have high aspirations of holding first place for the remainder of the season, but the Badgers weren't ready to roll over and die when they arrived in London Saturday night, said Brock head coach Chris Critelli.
The Badgers (5-7) currently sit in fourth place in the division and are clawing tooth and nail to hold on to the last playoff spot. A young team with only two players beyond their second year of eligibility, Brock rebounded from a 24 point deficit to pull within nine near the end of the game.
Delaney was impressed with the never die attitude of the Badgers and said the young team should be a division contender in only a few years.
"Brock never quit," Delaney said. "They worked hard but struggled with their lack of experience."
That lack of veteran knowledge allowed Western's Jenn Haylor to roam freely at the offensive end of the court and net 25 points for the home side.
Critelli explained how covering Haylor has been a glaring weakness for her team in both match-ups against Western this season but admitted there was no quick fix to the problem.
"We had two rookies on her all night. If we had taller not more mobile players it would have helped but we don't," Critelli said.
Western guard Tricia Young added 12 points on the night while Brock's Nickie Thompson and Shannon Hann scored 17 and 15 points respectively.
The Mustangs will attempt to extend their winning streak to eight on Wednesday against the cellar-dwelling Laurier Golden Hawks. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. at Alumni Hall.
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