Volume 94, Issue 39
Wednesday, November 8, 2000
The men's basketball team battled back from a 26-4 deficit to beat the St. Francis Xavier X-Men 90-85 in overtime action, at the annual Naismith Classic at the University of Waterloo this past weekend.
Mustang Jim Grozelle was named a tournament all-star and scored 58 points on the weekend. Western's Chedo Ndur had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the team in scoring against the X-Men and was named as the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Although the victory over the number-one-ranked (CIAU preseason poll) St. Francis was the highlight of the tournament for the number-two-ranked Mustangs, 87-78 and 69-67 victories over York and Winnipeg, respectively, were instrumental in securing the Mustang's championship title in the tournament.
The win makes it the third time in six years the Mustangs have been the victors in the Naismith they won it in 1995 and 1996 and the second straight weekend they have won a tournament. They captured the number one spot at the New Brunswick tournament on Oct. 29.
Four players from the, women's rugby team saw a bright spot long overdue last week despite still having to come to terms with the end of their 2000 season.
Full-back Diane Coulthard, who led the team in scoring with 65 points this season, flanker and co-captain Judy McCartney, prop Sarah Myton and wing Tara Wells, were each named to the Sheils Division all-star team.
McCartney, who was the team's leading candidate to be named to the CIAU all-star team, got her bearings at the end of last week when the national athletics union posted their team list. McCartney was the only Mustang named to the team.
The Mustangs finished up their season with a final sixth place standing in the OUA, a figure which does the team little justice, after a disappointing playoff run. Their regular season record was 4-1-0.
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