Stangs get medieval on Lancers
Middle blockers strong in battle
Men's volleyball remain undefeated
Stangs get medieval on Lancers
By Mike Murphy
Western's women's hoop troops invaded the University of Windsor on Wednesday night and after 40 minutes of pitched battle, pillaged the Lancers for a 75-50 victory.
"I think the score doesn't really indicate the game," Windsor's head coach, Georgia Risnita said. "Western got a big jump in the first half, but in the second half we got to within three points of them with 10 minutes to go. They just stepped it up and pulled away.
"It wasn't a 25 point game," she asserted, "It was a three point game and then we just sort of stopped playing."
Although the lopsided score was misleading, Risnita said she did find Western's play impressive. "They showed a lot of discipline on offence and defence. They deserve to be commended on their play."
Risnita was especially high on the Mustangs' veteran point guard Cindylea Scott, whom she singled out for special praise. "Scott played a tremendous game. I think she's the heart and soul of that team. She was on the floor for 38 minutes and the entire time she was in control," she asserted.
Scott finished the game with 15 points, as did one of her rookie teammates, guard/forward Sarah Lercara.
Western's head coach Bob Delaney said rookies were indeed a big part of the story on this night. "The young kids are really starting to impress me," he said, adding he started three first-year players guard Michelle Longpre, forward Lindsay Kennedy and guard/forward Sarah Lercara to face the Lancers.
"It seems like, no matter who we start these days, we get good results. Our kids were really tested, but they held their composure and pulled it out."
Risnita agreed consistency across the roster is one of Western's most valuable assets and also pointed out their size helps them on the boards. "They're strength is that they get minutes from everybody," she said. "They're also big and athletic which makes them hard to rebound against."
Western forward Holli Clarkson seemed more or less satisfied with the win and remarked the offence flowed smoothly. "We were fairly patient on our offence we executed plays very well. We hit some big outside shots," she noted.
On the other hand, Clarkson remarked, Western would have benefited from greater consistency. "We had some lapses, we eased up and that's when they came back on us. We've come a long way, but we've still got a long way to go," she said.
The triumph over Windsor is the team's second consecutive victory and brings them to an early season record of 2-1. According to Delaney, he and his players are pleased with the progress they've made so far.
"We're just getting better and better every game," he said. "Everything's positive right now. The girls are winning and they're working hard in practice every day. Things are going well."
The women will strive to keep the good feeling alive at least until this Wednesday, when they will face the Brock University Badgers at Alumni Hall.