Volume 94, Issue 78

Friday, February 9, 2001


SPORTS

Syncrho shows off - Performance has football flare

Mustangs settling into winning ways

Ladies bounce Windsor

Hockey plays to solid draw

Sports Briefs

Intramural weekly report

Ladies bounce Windsor

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

An old coach's myth states that if you out-shoot, out-rebound, and out-hustle your opponent, chances are slim you'll walk away from the court without a win in your pocket.

Yet despite doing all that, Windsor's women's basketball team was unable to pull off the upset win over Western, falling 63-60 on Wednesday in Windsor.

Windsor had a chance to tie the game with five seconds left but swingman Sheri Switzer's three-points attempt hit the side of the rim, allowing Mustang guard Cindy Scott to secure the rebound and dribble out the remaining time on the clock.

The Lancers had many golden opportunities to catch Western late in the game but missed five of their last six shots.

"We got the shots off and got some good open looks," said Lancer head coach Georgia Risnita. "We probably should have attacked more and moved the ball around more to give ourselves a better chance of sinking those baskets."

If justice were in play, there is no way Windsor should have been the team to walk away victorious. The Lancers completed 40 per cent of their shot attempts, compared to Western's 34 per cent, and out rebounded the Mustangs 45-29. Their defence was good enough to cause seven straight missed Mustang shots at one point in the first half.

But the difference that allowed Western to stay competitive was Windsor's inability to take care of the ball throughout out the game. The Lancers turned the ball over 33 times and Western was able to capitalize with 21 points off those turnovers. The Mustangs came away with 23 steals, led by forward Laura Verbeeten's eight.

"Those were turnover that we walked into and not necessarily what they created," Risnita said.

Despite the loss Risnita was happy with the performance of her team, whose record now stands at 6-11 in the OUA West.

"That was the best disciplined game we played all year," Risnita said. "We played hard possession by possession.

"I'm proud of them. They came to play in the end. [Western] is a team that went to the nationals last year and finished sixth. We showed we can play with team like this."

Mustang head coach Bob Delaney said the turning point of the game was when he reinserted his starters in the second half. Despite a seemingly strong performance by the bench in its last game against Laurier, Delaney believes more improvement will be needed.

"The reason they performed was because their were 59 fouls, they had to perform," Delaney said. "We're still trying to find the right combination so that we can maintain our level of play."

Verbeeten said much of Western's woes can be blamed on the bus ride in. She said it took two and a half hours to reach Windsor, and arrived with only enough time to complete a short warm-up.

"Coming to Windsor and going to Brock are our toughest road trips," Verbeeten said. "We knew it was going to be tough."

Verbeeten continued her strong play of late and nearly landed a quadruple-double. She came a way with team highs in points (15), rebounds (8), assists (8), and blocks (8).

Forward Joanne Chehade chipped in with 15 points. Reserve forward Jennifer Grebeldinger kept the Mustangs in the game with 7 first half points and finished with 11.

The lady hoopsters Western, now 13-4 on the season, are next in action tomorrow versus Guelph at Alumni Hall, 7 p.m..


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