Volume 94, Issue 59
Tuesday, January 9, 2001
Mac attacks Mustang offence in lopsided victory
WESERN REACHES MCMASTER THE STOP, DROP AND ROLL ROUTINE AT SATURDAY'S BASKETBALL GAME. Unfortunately, McMaster taught Westerdn a lesson in winning in a 71-50 trouncing
By Joel Brown
Disappointment doesn't even begin to describe Bob Delaney's feelings after the women's basketball team fell 71-50 against McMaster on Saturday.
Before the match, the Western head coach was worried the rust that accumulated over the Christmas break would cause his troops to start slowly.
In their first game following the break, the Mustangs were able to hang tough with the Marauders for the opening 10 minutes of the game and were even able to take a 10-point advantage early on. But a series of bad shots, bad decisions and the awakening of McMaster turned the momentum of the game around quickly in the favour of the Marauders and they never looked back.
"This was a critical game for us," Delaney said. "We had a chance to make up some ground on Guelph and Mac and we just pissed it away.
"It seemed as if there were two different ball games. We came out very well at the start of the game, getting up 11-1, then 13-2. We seemed to have control of the game. I don't know why, but after then things just came apart, and it was as if every time they came down the floor they scored."
Both teams did a poor job of taking care of the ball, resulting in 42 turnovers in the game. However, McMaster was able to combat that with a strong pressure defence that never allowed the Mustangs to settle down on offence. Western shot a paltry 26 per cent from the field while going only 2 for 11 from the three-point line.
"The mistakes just kept coming. There were times when we couldn't make a shot," Delaney said. "It forced us to go to our bench a lot earlier than I would have liked to."
The Mustangs' reserves provide little help for the team's offensive woes as forward Lindsey Kennedy was the lone scorer of the bench in the first half with three points and as a whole they were outscored 27-11 by their McMaster counterparts. Marauders head coach Theresa Burns was not afraid to use her bench, as nine players saw double-digit playing time and 11 players got game action.
"What we have just isn't idle depth, it's depth that does something for us," Burns said. "We never lost our defensive intensity."
"They've got so many little guards that really put pressure on us plus they use their bench very well," said Western forward Laura Verbeeten.
By using their deep bench, McMaster swarmed Western with high defensive pressure that afforded the Western offense few passing lanes and open shots. Mustang point guard Cindy Scott struggled to create offensive chances as a result while her teammates did little to help her out.
"I'm not happy with a lot of things," Delaney said. "Scotty was not running the offence like I wanted her to. At the same time there were a lot of kids just standing still and watching."
Leading the McMaster charge was guard Dani Everitt, who went three for seven from beyond the arc and collected 13 points and seven rebounds.
Guard Jennifer Grebeldinger led Western with 12 points while Scott finished with nine points and nine boards.
The Mustangs, who are now 5-3 and tied with Windsor for third place in the Ontario University Athletic West division. Tomorrow they travel to Waterloo to take on the Warriors at 6 p.m..
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