Volume 95, Issue 77

Tuesday, February 19, 2002
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Mustangs board the "K-train"

Three-peat for Mustangs

Marauders up ante for next contest

Marauders up ante for next contest

By Garth Mercer
Gazette Writer

The Western Mustangs women's basketball team is sitting pretty.

After dumping the McMaster Marauders 65-54 on Saturday at Alumni Hall, the Mustangs look to be in a great position for their upcoming playoff competition.

Working tirelessly in front of the small but enthusiastic crowd, the Mustangs focused on shutting down McMaster's leading scorers by using high-pressure defense.

Early in the game, centre Lindsay Kennedy was fouled and subsequently hit the floor hard, setting the stage for what turned out to be quite an aggressive game.

Consequently, the women spent much of their time at the free-throw line – both teams scoring nearly a third of their 65 and 54 points respectively from the line.

Point guard Alana Juzenas, who played all but two minutes of the game for the Mustangs, said the team went into the game extremely focused – albeit slightly nervous at first.

Juzenas, who set up many of the key plays of the game, was quick to divert attention from her own performance, pointing out that other players also did a fantastic job for Western.

"[Guard] Julie [Lamparski] really stepped up today and [forward] Rebecca McColl came to play," said Juzenas.

Head coach Bob Delaney echoed this buoyant mood. "We're very pleased with the result," Delaney said. He added the team did an outstanding job on their pressure defense, which enabled them to control people inside.

The victorious result bodes well for the rest of the season. The Mustangs will try to mount a repeat performance next week, a result Delaney certainly believes possible. "We have a good chance for the rest of the season."

For their part, the Marauders were much less jovial. According to head coach Theresa Burns, the squad had difficulty responding to the Mustangs defense and added she was extremely disappointed with the result. "You've got to be mentally in it and you can't not do that and expect to win. Western went after it and we didn't respond," she said.

Regardless of Western's win, McMaster remains confident. Marauder guard Katie Coulson even went so far as to put out a challenge to the Mustangs in lieu of their upcoming showdown on Feb. 23.

"It will be a totally different story next week, there's no way they'll get two," Coulson said.

There's no doubt that when these two teams meet again, it will almost certainly be the same high energy, fast-paced and aggressive game.

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