Volume 93, Issue 50
November 26, 1999
Team in the zone against Brock
Gazette file photo
By Paul Leeking
The Western women's basketball team dug in deep and pulled out a hard fought 64-56 win against the Brock Badgers Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.
Western point guard Cindy Scott led the charge for the Mustangs with 21 points, while forwards Holli Clarkson and Joanne Chehade chipped in with 10 points each.
Yet despite the solid offensive effort by Western, defence turned out to be the real difference in this contest, as the Mustang's zone bettered the pesky Brock man-to-man scheme down the stretch.
After successfully exploiting gaps in the Western zone for the opening 10 minutes of the first half, the Badgers struggled to generate any easy openings at the Mustang net for the rest of the game. Western head coach Bob Delaney said he felt Brock was slightly overwhelmed after the Mustangs tightened up in their own end.
"They really didn't show us a strong zone offence and it's hard to keep up with a team that has a good zone like us," he said.
The Western zone press, which has been an effective weapon for the club so far this season, was aggressively attacked by the speedy Badgers early on.
Although Brock kept pace with the Mustangs early in the first half, Western countered with a scoring spurt led by the red hot shooting of Scott. Scott drained a trio of clutch three-pointers to put the Mustangs ahead by 11 at the half, a lead which they would not relinquish the rest of the game.
The contest got a little chippy in the second half as a frustrated Brock team began to get tougher under the net. Mustang forwards continued to fight and still grabbed the majority of offensive and defensive rebounds.
Western forward Lindsay Kennedy and centre Anne Van Leeuwen played strong for the Mustangs in the paint, helping to wear down a tiring Brock squad.
Meanwhile, fans were treated to an exciting matchup between Scott and her spirited Badger counterpart, point guard Nikki Thompson. The two guards put on an impressive display of shooting, passing and hard-nosed defence, trading remarkable plays throughout the course of the contest. Thompson led Brock scorers with 19 points.
Despite a late surge by the tenacious Badgers, Western held on for the victory and improved their league record to 3-1. Delaney said the victory was important after a week layoff. "We were rusty," he said. "We have been struggling the last little while. This win means we are in good position to head into the Christmas break with a solid record."
Badger head coach Glen Alphonse said his team was not able to establish any flow in the game. "We were flat tonight," he said about his Brock women who, with the loss, dropped to 4-2 on the season. "We were only able to play well for parts of either half."
Mustang forward Chehade said the game's turning point came with Western's improved defence after a lacklustre start. "We pulled it together in the second half and played more aggressive."
Western hopes to continue impressing this weekend, at home tomorrow to take on the Guelph Gryphons at 7:00 p.m..
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