Volume 94, Issue 43

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000


First win for women's hockey

Make it a hat trick - Men's volleyball wins third straight

Winless Lakehead trouble Mustangs

Sports Briefs

Winless Lakehead trouble Mustangs

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

You need not look at the final score in the Western women's basketball 55-45 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves to assume the victor would be pleased with the final results, while the loser wallows in despair. This is simply not the case.

The results from Saturday's game may well have been switched around because Western was as distraught over the win as the now 0-3 Lakehead team was ecstatic about their hard fought loss.

All of this made the Thunderwolves' hecklers row a happy bunch, according to Western point guard Cindy Scott.

"A few of the girls got rattled, they had never experienced it before," she said. "It was definitely a factor."

The Mustangs' legs were never able to recover from the game-day flight to Thunder Bay and the Thunderwolves aggressive up-and-down-the-court persistence combined to make the score closer than expected.

"They have a really aggressive defence," Scott said. "They ran the floor and moved the ball. Some of their transitions really caught us off guard."

Western head coach Bob Delaney was particularly displeased with the team's sputtering offence.

"We didn't execute well," he said. "We never did get into our pressing game, we looked sluggish."

The game's high scorer was Western forward Stephanie Howard, with 17 points.

Lakehead head coach, Trish Lorenz, said she was pleased with her team's ability to score points off transitions, along with its defensive effort. She believed her team came away with a badly needed moral victory after having to endure a miserable one-win season last year.

"The players are still battling the past," Lorenz said. "There was a bit of a feeling of pride after the game."

"It was one of the best games we've played all year. We've had some terrific halves, then some terrible halves. This was the closest we came to playing a full 40 minutes."

Delaney is now searching for answers in order to get his team back to a championship contention level of play.

"We're not at the level we were at in the nationals last spring," he said, "I don't really know what it is."

Scott said she believes putting together the pieces of the puzzle will dramatically improve the team's play.

"We're still playing too individually," she said. "We need a consistent team effort."

The team hopes one of those pieces will be the return of forward Lindsey Kennedy, who has been out all season while recovering from a back injury.

"I'm going to try to play," Kennedy said, who hopes to get some game action when the Mustangs host Windsor tonight. "We'll see how things are going."

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