Volume 93, Issue 35
Tuesday, November 2, 1999
Purple and White 'Stangs lose to red and blue Gaels
By Jessica Leeder
Too many turnovers in the first half proved costly for the Mustang women's basketball team Sunday, as they lost a 61-58 decision to Queen's University in Western's annual Purple and White tournament.
Mustang head coach Bob Delaney said he anticipated a tough game in the championship match against Queen's. Both the Mustangs and the Golden Gaels went into the game undefeated in the tournament. Western beat out Ottawa and St. Francis Xavier universities to advance to the finals while Queen's finished off Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.
Dave Wilson, Golden Gaels' head coach, said Queen's came into the tournament with the mind set that Western was the team to beat. However, it ended up being the Golden Gaels who took home the trophy.
"We're a reasonably veteran team and I think that maturity level is really important. We maintained our composure well with the pressure and didn't have too many turnovers. The team really handled the ball well," Wilson said.
The lack of experience and youth of the Mustangs were obvious factors in the loss. Western's roster boasts eight rookies and only six returning veterans. Delaney said his team has come a long way since the beginning of the year, but they still have things to work on before they venture further into the regular season.
"It was very frustrating early in the season, having a lot of people who weren't used to running the plays we're used to, but we've adjusted well and come a long way. I was really concerned at halftime with the amount of turnovers we had and so we'll definitely be working on that."
Despite the Mustangs' advantageous speed and stellar rebounding, Western's co-captain and guard Cindy Scott said a major factor in the team's loss was inexperience and inconsistency. "We had a lot of ups and downs in the game and we're still trying to get used to playing with each other."
Scott led the Mustangs' with 19 points in the game. Forward Joanne Chehade added 16 points and 18 rebounds while veteran guard and Western's MVP Tricia Young contributed with nine baskets. Other Mustang scorers were centre Anne Van Leeuwen with five points, forward Holli Clarkson with four, guard Michelle Crowley with three and forward Lindsay Kennedy with two.
Point guard Deanah Shelly had 13 points for the Golden Gaels and was awarded Queen's MVP. Post player Jennifer Jackson also had 13 points for Queen's.
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