Volume 94, Issue 76

Wednesday, February 7, 2001


Ballers shoot down some Hawks

Disappointing win has to do - Mustang men lose their shooting touch

Mustangs thrive as road warriors

Sports Briefs

Ballers shoot down some Hawks

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

You'd figure a match with 59 fouls would be more indicative of a basketball game on the blackened courts of a prison than the storied hardwood of a university.

But Saturday's women's match between Western and Laurier seemed less a grudge match and more of a chance for the men in black and white stripes to test out their whistles.

"Anybody looking the wrong way was called for a foul," said Bob Delaney, Western's head coach.

"They didn't let us play," added Mustang guard Cindy Scott. "You go to one end of the court and they called a whistle and then the same thing would happen on the other end."

Six players fouled out of the game, including Western forwards Holli Clarkson and Lindsay Kennedy, who played 10 and 11 minutes respectively.

When the whistles finally stopped, Western won their second game in two weeks against the Golden Hawks, 78-61. Despite the 30-point trouncing the Mustangs laid on Laurier Jan. 24, the Golden Hawks took a 10 point lead early on.

"There was a lot at stake for them. The chance for them to make the playoffs is becoming remote," Delaney said. "The last time they played us I think they [were] over-awed by our team and a bit nervous. This time around they were more relaxed."

Mid-way through the first half, Laura Verbeeten decided to take the team on her back and put the Mustangs on the comeback trail. The fifth-year forward scored 16 of Western first 18 points. "Once Laura got us started everyone started to chip in and everyone contributed," Scott said.

Western's bench, which has been struggling of late, was forced into action because of foul trouble and responded by scoring 28 points.

Delaney said he was particularly pleased with the play of reserve guard Michelle Crowley, who usually does not get heavy minutes but scored 10 points.

By half-time Western was able to take the lead and never looked back.

Verbeeten, who landed a triple-double in the last match between the two schools, came close to matching that performance with 30 points, seven assists, and seven steals.

"We tried to talk about how to contain her before the game," said Laurier head coach, Stu Julius. "But she's an outstanding player, one of the top in the conference, if not the country. She's a real matchup problem for us because she is a big guard who shoots the ball so well."

Scott said she believes Verbeeten has ample success against the Golden Hawks because of a certain type defence Western plays against them.

"She really reads the play well. Laura just kept picking them off and going in for easy lay-ups."

Scott, who has missed time this season because of a bad ankle, said it is improving and managed to chip in 10 points.

The Mustangs' next match will come against the Windsor Lancers on Wednesday.

"Whenever we play them it is very physical," Scott said. "It should be an intense match especially since we'll be traveling to their place."

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