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By Dave Martin
OUT OF EVERY CROWD, ONE
TRULY TALENTED BALL EMERGES. It was none other than the women's
basketball team who rose to the top this weekend, beating Carleton and
There's a new travelling road show in Ontario wearing the purple and white jerseys of the Western women's basketball team.
This past weekend, the team journeyed to Ottawa, sweeping both the Universities of Ottawa and Carleton, improving their record to a perfect 6-0 five of which were road victories.
Neither game was close on the scoreboard, with Western toppeling Ottawa 80-48 and Carleton 81-52. According to Western head coach Bob Delaney, his team performed much better in the second game.
"The first game wasn't nice to watch for anyone. In the first half, neither side could do anything, but eventually in the second half, we got rolling and did take over," he said.
Ottawa head coach Angela McLeod wasn't pleased with her team either, but realized Western was a strong team.
"It was really tough for us because we couldn't just focus on one or two players. They moved the ball very well to find the open person and everyone was scoring for them. Western is a good team and they played very well," McLeod said.
McLeod also noted the tenacity of the Mustangs' defence. "[Western] had a nice up-front press and we weren't able to break that at all during the game. They also played a 2-3 zone defence and it was frustrating we couldn't adapt and find a solution to it," McLeod said.
Despite the higher score in Western's game against Ottawa, Delaney said he thought his Western's game against Carleton was better executed.
"The second game versus Carleton was much better in a lot of ways," he said, noting the incredible shooting performance by the Mustangs.
"We shot 71 per cent from the floor in the first half. I have never coached or seen that in my entire career. When you do something like that, it's pretty hard for anyone to keep up with you," Delaney said.
Third-year guard/forward Jen Grebeldinger, who had 14 points Friday and 19 points Saturday, was very happy to see how the team played against Carleton, after a mediocre weekend opener.
"We came in Friday a little weary from the trip and didn't have very much intensity, but Saturday we were pumped up and ready to go and our game certainly showed that," Grebeldinger said. "Our shooting was amazing and we were energized and all over them at both ends of the court."
The Mustangs trek stops next in Thunder Bay for a two-game series against Lakehead next weekend.
Delaney isn't exactly pleased with the amount of travel his team has to go through, but he is certainly looking forward to a more local second half of the season.
"It is definitely a tough start to the season to play five of six on the road and we still have three more [away games] to go before Christmas," he said. "That just means, come the new year, we are going to have a lot of home games, which will be a nice break for the team."
Grebeldinger had a colourful way of explaining the rigorous travel schedule.
"It is definitely quick and painful we've got it all in a strong dose," she said. "But for a team like us with a lot of young players, the amount of travel can be a good thing because you really get to bond as an entire team."
Even with the demanding schedule, Delaney said he's pleased with how his team has played.
"We've come together a lot through the last couple weeks and the team has a great deal of confidence heading into the break, which is a really good thing to see," he said.