Volume 93, Issue 85

Friday, March 10, 2000


Western's fate rides on finals

Sinden's move falls short

CIAU dreams end out West

CIAU dreams end out West

By Michelle Crespi
Gazette Staff

EDMONTON, AB – The Western women's basketball team travelled West this week to prove their place among Canada's best at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union basketball finals. However, they fell a little short.

After losing to the Laurentian Lady Vees in last weekend's Ontario University Athletic final, the Mustangs saw their ranking drop to seventh seed for the eight seed CIAU tournament. Western played their first round match last night and lost to the the University of Regina Cougars.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Mustangs had been defeated 80-61. The Cougars, ranked second nationally, will make their third straight appearance at the national championship.

Regina had a strong first half and was ahead of Western by a 16 point margin at halftime. "We came out raring to go," said forward Corrin Wersta who scored 16 points for the Cougars. "We executed well on both offence and defence."

Down, but not out, the Mustangs regrouped and bounced back in the second half. "What was hurting us, was us. We were making silly mistakes," explained Mustang head coach Bob Delaney. "So we went into the second half with a bigger lineup and we turned it around."

Led by the play of guard Laura Verbeeten, who racked up 27 points in the game, the Mustangs literally burst out of the gates in the third and fourth quarters.

"In the second half they set us back and [Western] played us with no fear," said Regina head coach Christine Stapleton. "It was in the last few minutes [of the game] that our experience showed and we were able to make some good defensive stops. Anyone who saw the game would see it was not a 19 point game."

Experience was a huge factor in the game, as the young Mustang lineup featured eight rookies, Verbeeten said. "[Regina's] experience shone through."

The Mustangs move on to the consolation round tomorrow to face the number six seeded Laval Rouge et Or.

The game will be broadcast live on CHRW-FM 94.7, today at 3 p.m..

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