Volume 94, Issue 67

Tuesday, January 23, 2001


Waterloo wins OT thriller to snap the streak

Laurier clips Mustangs

Mustang men take it to the hoop

Lady-ballers slaughter Thunderwolves 93 - 44

Lady-ballers slaughter Thunderwolves 93 - 44

By Pat Kane
Gazette Staff

A coach once said: "Never give a sucker an even break." The Western women's basketball team would have made that coach proud after spanking the Lakehead Thunderwolves into submission in Saturday night's basketball action. The final score: 93-44.

With this victory, Western improved to an 8-3 record in the Ontario University Athletics West division and extended their winning streak to three games.

The Thunderwolves, however, remain winless this season.

Forward Laura Verbeeten led the Mustang offence with 20 points, while forward Joanne Chehade chipped in with 15 of her own, hauling down 15 rebounds. Forwards Jackie Dawson and Jen Galloway created most of Lakehead's offence with 10 and 12 points, respectively. Finding it difficult to stay focused against a struggling opponent, Verbeeten said the win came from a total team effort on Western's behalf.

"When you're playing a team with bad luck, it's tough to stay alert and prepared, especially when you're up by 50 points. I thought we had a very strong game though. Everyone contributed," she said.

The win was not only a demonstration of Western's offensive potential, but it gives the Mustangs an idea of what improvements can continue to be made.

"Lakehead definitely played tough and they beat our press a number of times. We have to improve a bit on defence, but again, Lakehead made it tougher on us than the score reflects," Verbeeten added.

Lakehead skipper, Bob Main, said he felt the match helped his team become more competitive and prepared for future games.

"This is a good learning experience for us. It's always difficult when we play such a high calibre team like Western, but it only helps us improve. We enjoy playing teams that make us better and Western does that," he said.

With some key players out of Western's lineup, Western head coach Bob Delaney, said he was impressed with the complete team effort his squad showed over the weekend.

"We had some injuries that we had to take care of, but I thought the whole team is to be congratulated. A lot of players got a lot of minutes this weekend and they really responded well. I thought all nine athletes that we dressed contributed equally."

Delaney said he also felt Lakehead played well, despite some turmoil within their basketball program.

Lakehead has recently appointed Main as the head coach and the team has had very little time to practice any changes within their system.

Western takes to the court again Wednesday in Thompson Arena at 6 p.m. when they will try to shoot down the Laurier Golden Hawks, who currently hold first place honours in the OUA West.

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