Volume 93, Issue 43

Tuesday, November 16, 1999


Mustangs victorious in Victoria

A quest to repeat as CIAU champs

Western's golden men

Mustangs beat weak Warrior lineup

Western makes Lakehead feel soggy

Ottawa Senators set example for pro sports

Western makes Lakehead feel soggy

By Paul Leeking
Gazette Staff

After suffering a disappointing loss to McMaster University earlier in the week, the Western women's basketball team responded by dismantling Lakehead University at Alumni Hall Friday.

All the pistons were firing as Western throttled an overmatched and undermanned Lakehead team, cruising to a 92-52 victory. Forwards Joanne Chehade and Holli Clarkson led a balanced Mustang attack, with 18 and 13 points respectively.

"We were very aggressive," said point guard Cindylea Scott, who chipped in 11 points. "We pushed the ball on offence and were getting out on the [Lakehead] shooters."

Western came out flying in the first half. The aggressive full court zone press that the Mustangs employed worked to perfection. Lakehead's guards had difficulty handling the high pressure applied by the fierce Mustang defence, which produced several turnovers that Western converted for easy scores.

When the dust had settled after the first wave of Mustang substitutes checked in, Western had jumped to an early 20-4 lead.

Western head coach Bob Delaney said he utilized his vastly superior bench, continually substituting fresh legs into the game. Lakehead struggled to keep up with the fast tempo that Western was able to dictate and continued to fall further and further behind.

When the Mustangs were not capitalizing on Lakehead turnovers, they were able to successfully exploit a small Lakehead front court. Western pounded the ball inside to high scorers Chahade and Clarkson who had their way with the Lakehead forwards. The Mustangs carried a commanding 52-28 lead into halftime and sailed the rest of the way, leading at one point 77-29, en route to settling their Ontario University Athletics record at 1-1.

Although Lakehead head coach Bob Main said he was disappointed with the outcome, he was impressed by Western's effort. "We have a lot of inexperienced players," he said. "Western was playing tough defence the whole game and our inexperience began to show off."

Delaney admitted Lakehead does not match up well against his team. "They have a lot of trouble getting quality personnel to play up there," he said. "We have a lot more experience so it is difficult to assess this win."

The lopsided victory was just what the team needed to boost their confidence following the 72-63 season opening loss to McMaster. With that game still fresh in his mind, Delaney took the blame for not pressing the Marauders the same way Western did against Lakehead.

"I wasn't ready to put pressure on the McMaster guards on their floor in front of their fans," he said. "We really started to push them in the second half and had the game down to under five points, but we just couldn't quite catch up."

Playing a high intensity defensive game seems to be the best fit for this team. Western will try to carry the momentum through to tomorrow as they travel to Windsor to battle the Lancers.

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