Volume 94, Issue 63

Tuesday, January 16, 2001


Grozelle leads way out of slump - Western destroys Mac 92-73

Lady Mustangs get their revenge

Mustangs fire too many blanks

Mario Lemieux needs a reality check

Close but no cigar

Lady Mustangs get their revenge

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

Revenge is sweet.

In an inspiring show of perseverance, the Western Mustangs women's basketball team soundly defeated the McMaster Marauders 73-62 Saturday night at Alumni Hall.

The win improves the Mustangs' record to 7-3, pulling them closer to McMaster in the hunt for home court advantage in the play-offs.

Three's a charm for the Mustangs. Coming off humiliating losses to the Marauders, one early in the season, and a 71-50 drubbing last weekend, the Mustangs needed this win to boost their confidence.

"Now that we've beaten them, I think we have the confidence to beat them every time," said forward Joanne Chehade.

What made the victory even more improbable was the loss of point guard Cindy Scott in the first half, and the loss of forward Lindsay Kennedy in the second.

"There were so many negatives that we could've dwelled on during the game," said head coach Bob Delaney. "We didn't do that. We responded really well, and I'm really proud of the effort."

The Mustangs were fueled by guard Laura Verbeetten's 15 points, Chehade's 12 points, and Kennedy's and guard Sarah Lercara's 11 points apiece. The glass was patrolled by forward Holli Clarkson and centre Anne Van Leeuwen, who had nine and eight rebounds respectively.

The Marauders came out of the first half with a half court buzzer-beating three pointer, though their play in the second half amounted to a stagnant offence and an inability to shoot from anywhere on the floor.

Marauder head coach, Theresa Burns, said she felt that the second half collapse was due to a loss of focus. "We didn't really execute well. We did some good things in the first half, but went away from it for some reason in the second half."

The Mustangs used a quick 10-2 run midway through the second half to distance themselves from the Marauders. Chehade and Lecara were pivotal in this run, with Lecara scoring all of her 11 points in the second half. Chehade said she believed the Mustangs finally garnered all their weapons and put together a complete game performance.

"We had more of a team effort. People were focused, people were giving a 110 per cent that usually don't all the time, and we were pretty consistent."

One glaring statistic from the Marauder box score was their field goal percentage in the second half. They shot a frightening 18.9 per cent from the field, with Everitt leading the barrage on the rim going 0-10.

The crowd and the Mustang bench gave a collected sigh of relief when Scott's ankle injury was less disastrous than first diagnosed. Kennedy's back injury has been a constant this year, and Delaney foresees the Mustangs double-header weekend against Lakehead as their chance for some rest and relaxation.

"I'm anticipating that we'll practice with the knowledge that we won't have them in the line-up against Lakehead," Delaney said. "And if there is a team that is struggling right now, it is Lakehead. It's an opportunity for us to give them a little extra rest."

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