Volume 94, Issue 45

Friday, November 17, 2000


SPORTS

Western whips Windsor

Gryphons depth beats Mustang heart

Takin' it to the hoop

Western whips Windsor


Ryan Dixon/Gazette
EVERYBODY GRAB A PARTNER. The women's basketball team broke loose, scoring 72 points in a victory against the Windsor Lancers

By Ryan Dixon
Gazette Staff



The Western women's basketball team hit the hardwood Wednesday night and taught the Windsor Lancers a hard lesson – uou have to be ready to play when the whistle blows.

The Mustangs rocketed out of the gates jumping to a 43-14 half-time lead and essentially ended any chance of a Windsor comeback. Windsor did outscore Western by 10 points in the second half, but eventually fell 72-53.

Georgia Risnita, head coach of the Lancers, said her team was not ready to play when they arrived. "I think Western came to play, they were ready right from the toss of the ball. We started very slow. I thought Western did a fabulous job controlling the rebounds and that was a key."

Risnita went on to say that she was disappointed in her team's inability to put in a complete game effort.

"You can't play a 20-minute game and expect to win. We need to understand that you have to play a solid 40 minutes if you want to be successful," she said.

Both Risnita and Western head coach, Bob Delaney, said the Windsor surge in the second half may have come too little to late, as each team was utilizing everyone the bench by that point.

Delaney said he welcomed the opportunity to get all of his players some playing time. "We got everyone in the game and that's good because you don't often get a chance to do that."

Delaney said the Mustang plan of attack stemmed from playing tight basketball in their own zone. "Before the game we talked a lot about playing tough defence and controlling the ball on the boards."

The statistics sheet backed up that statement. The Mustangs out rebounded the Lancers 39-29, ensuring they controlled the ball.

The solid play of the Mustangs was, according to Delaney, due to the return of a key figure in the line-up. Western centre, Lindsay Kennedy, was back running the court and Delaney said it was a big boost.

"The return of Lindsay Kennedy was a big factor tonight. She has been practicing all week and this was her first game back. I think the team was just waiting for her to come back because she brings so many things that don't even necessarily show up in the stats, she brings a lot of confidence to the team," he said.

Despite playing only 21 minutes, Kennedy managed to pull down four defensive rebounds in her first game back from the injury list.

Western guard Laura Verbeeten, led all scorers netting 18 points in the game, scoring 16 in the first half alone, before sitting the majority of the second half. Verbeeten said most of the credit for her success should go to the players around her. "I ran the lanes well and my teammates did a good job of getting me the ball."

One aspect of the Windsor program that immediately jumped out to any observer is the number of first and second-year players. When asked if the sluggish start by her squad just goes with the territory when dealing with such a youth laden line-up, Risnita was unsympathetic.

"Yes they are young, no that is not excusable. When you practice all week there is no excuse for coming in here an being so ill-prepared," she said.

Western now moves to 2-1 in the season. They are in action again next Wednesday when they visit the Brock Badgers.


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