Volume 94, Issue 70

Friday, January 26, 2001


Taking out the trash - Mustangs take Hawks 104-62

Western baller grabs OUA honours

Golden Hawks play for the birds

Golden Hawks play for the birds

By Dave Martin
Gazette Staff

After the University of Western Ontario's women's basketball team steam-rolled the Golden Hawks from Wilfred Laurier Wednesday night, you wouldn't have expected to hear that two of the team's starters were injured and out of the line-up.

Even without a full roster, fifth-year guard Laura Verbeeten, led the Mustangs with an amazing triple-double en route to their third blowout in a row, 68-38. Right from the tip-off Western was the dominating team, starting off on a 19-2 run and leading at the half 42-15.

Laurier head coach Stu Julius summed up the game very well.

"Western took it to us from the beginning of the game right to the end of the game. I thought Laura Verbeeten was fantastic and we couldn't find a way to stop her. They did everything right and we just couldn't play with them," Julius said.

Verbeeten was all over the court, hitting long jumpers, helping rebound inside, forcing turnovers, and finding open teammates, as well as all over the score-sheet, leading the team in points, rebounds, steals, and assists with 32, 10, 10, and 5, respectively.

But after the game she was quick to point out that it was a great performance by all the players.

"The team played excellent. We fed off our press-break defence creating a lot of steals and ran the lanes really well. Everyone pitched in and it was an all-around great game," Verbeeten said.

Western head coach, Bob Delaney, said he was very satisfied with the game but was most impressed by how the team had come together without all their starters.

"I'm very pleased with the effort especially that we're hanging in there without [Cindy] Scott and [Lindsay] Kennedy. The other kids have really come to play. Even during these last few games, the biggest challenge has been to get in sync as both kids went down at the same time.

"You have to bring your subs in and hopefully they can respond to the opportunity and Sarah Lercara and Joanne Chehade have certainly done that. I can't give them enough praise for the confidence and the poise they have on the floor. When that happens, you have to be pleased with everyone's efforts," Delaney said.

Verbeeten also commented on how well the subs have been playing and how the team is improving heading into a big game this weekend versus the undefeated Guelph Gryphons.

"Injuries are definitely a problem for us but the people coming in have stepped up big for us. We keep on getting better, improving every game. The plan is to be peaking when play-offs come around. Right now we're feeling pretty good as this is some of the best ball we've played all year, and hopefully we can pull through this weekend," Verbeeten said.

"We played a great game," Delaney said. "The last time we were there only losing by two points, and we're certainly not the same team. We are playing a lot better now and this time the pressure is on Guelph, as they have an undefeated record on the line in front of the home fans."

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