Volume 93, Issue 83

Wednesday, March 8, 2000


SPORTS

V-ball train makes final stop

Second and fourth at track finals

B-ballers fall in finals

Indoor hockey team forges for fourth place

B-ballers fall in finals



By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

Last weekend, the women's basketball team ended their season on a sour note, losing the Ontario University Athletics championship finals to Laurentian University 68-44.

Friday night the Mustangs pulled out an emotional 63-59 victory over the defending league champion McMaster Marauders, to take home the OUA West championship title. However, the high of the win may have proved too much for the team when they travelled to Laurentian Saturday to fight for the Ontario title.

The division title victory Friday was Western's ticket to the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union finals in Alberta this weekend, but on the OUA homefront, Saturday's effort was not a means to a perfect end.

Western head coach Bob Delaney attributed the loss against Laurentian to both the inexperience of his young team and the exhaustion accompanying the division title match. "Having eight rookies took its toll on the team, but our goal was to win the [McMaster] game and to get to the [CIAU].

"It was a very disappointing loss," Delaney said. "The team played their hearts out – and Laurentian was very well rested. Their fans were exuberant and that was very distracting for our players."

Western forward Lindsay Kennedy said the game was definitely a tough loss to take, but looked positively on their situation which included a good draw in the CIAUs against the University of Regina.

"We didn't play well – our shots weren't falling and the crazy Laurentian fans got to us a bit. This was a learning experience for myself and some of the other players who had never been in a situation like that before. That experience will help us in the week coming," Kennedy said.

She added her Mustang team would have something to prove come the CIAU tournament.

Laurentian head coach John Campbell said playing at home was definitely a factor in the victory. "We knew what we were up against and having home court was a big advantage."

Campbell commended the Mustangs for their strong performances over the weekend. "It's difficult when you win your league [championship] on the road to travel to play a game that doesn't have a lot of bearing on the next game," he said. "We had the chance to work on things and prepare for the nationals by dealing with [Western's] pressure and keeping the turnovers low."

The Mustangs finished off their season with a 19-2 record, which helped them achieve a 10th place national ranking. This week, they travel to Alberta, home of the defending national champion University of Alberta Pandas, to face Regina in first round action.


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