Volume 92, Issue 62
Tuesday, January 19, 1999
Hoopsters get back on track
© Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
By Ian Ross
Getting back on track.
That was exactly what the Western women's basketball team did on Saturday, shooting down the Laurier Golden Hawks 70-56 in Waterloo. The victory brought the Western record to 3-1 on the season and gave them ownership of first place in the Ontario West division.
Victory, however, has not been a common word for the Mustangs lately. Over the holiday break, the team competed in two tournaments, playing six games over seven days, but found themselves on the winning end of only one game an 80-54 victory over the York Yeowomen.
Western head coach Bob Delaney shrugged his shoulders at the sudden slump the team experienced and could not offer a reason for the team's struggles.
"There was something missing, an intangible that can't be measured," he said.
The team dropped from its familiar spot in the national rankings as a result of the difficult tournament schedule.
With many beginning to question the team's abilities, the value of the Laurier game became very important to refocusing on the regular season.
Delaney was extremely pleased with his squad's 14-point win and said the game served its purpose in guiding the team in the right direction.
"Laurier certainly isn't as strong as McMaster but this game really allowed us to re-evaluate properly," he said.
Western co-captain Jenn Haylor commented that the team headed into the game confident and motivated to prove what their team was capable of.
"We were excited to get back onto the court. We knew we were a better team than what we showed over the break," she said.
The final score was a perfect indication of the team's true ability on the court, according to Haylor.
"I think we are getting a lot better since slumping a few weeks ago," she said. "We played tough and played together [on Saturday]."
Sue Lindley, head coach of the Golden Hawks, said at no point did she discount the skill Western brings to the court slump or no slump.
"I don't think I underestimated what their players could do," she said. "We came out in the second half flat. You can't have those lapses against Western and survive."
Lindley pointed to Western point guard Cindy Scott, who was battling the flu at game time, as the one player who made the difference in the match-up.
Western will continue their efforts to improve Wednesday, when they face a tough McMaster Marauder squad at 8 p.m. in Thames Hall.
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