Golden Hawks feast on 'Stangs
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Women control the mats
Golden Hawks feast on 'Stangs
Injury-riddled Mustangs ballers take a hit
By Chris Lackner
Injury and illness plagued the Western Mustangs women's basketball team last Saturday, as they lost to the Laurier Golden Hawks.
Two players did not dress for the 59-46 loss and four of the ten starters were suffering the effects of illness, Mustang coach Bob Delaney explained.
"We're having a difficult time right now," he said, after the Mustangs dropped their second game in a row. "This organization is not used to losing. This is new territory for us."
The team was unable to maintain any consistent offensive momentum in the first 20 minutes and went into half-time trailing 29-25.
In the second half, the Golden Hawks came out firing on all cylinders, holding Western to one basket in the opening six minutes and building a 37-27 lead. The Hawks never looked back.
"We missed wide-open lay-ups and easy shots on the inside and had a lot of turnovers [defensively]," Delaney said. "[Our players] were frustrating themselves."
IN AMONGST THE TREES. A Laurier Golden Hawk thinks twice before
attempting to score on Mustang forward Sarah Lercara in the Hawks'
|Mustang forward Lindsay Kennedy who led the team in scoring with 19 points said the team's own mistakes cost them the game. "[Laurier] exploited our mistakes very well," she added.
The Golden Hawks were led by guard Sarah Zagorski, who scored 14 points and helped shut down the 'Stangs defensively.
"Zagorski was outstanding," said Laurier coach Stu Julius, commending his star guard's offensive skills, as well as the role she played in shutting down Western's key offensive players.
Julius said beating the Mustangs, who led the Western women's basketball division going into Saturday's match with a 7-1 record, was a huge step in the right direction for the Hawks, who improved to 3-6.
"This team's youth and inexperience keep showing up at times," Delaney said, as he addressed the many Mustang mental lapses on the court. "Maybe expectations are too high, but I know the talent that exists in that locker room. Expectations will remain high."
The women's team faces a grueling schedule down the stretch, having yet to face some of the upper echelon teams in the league such as McMaster, Toronto and Laurentian.
"We've got to learn how to lose," he said. "When you lose, there's finger-pointing and everybody has an opinion."
Mustang guard Jen Grebeldinger said the team's winning streak at the beginning of the season was important because of the strong opponents that loom in the not-so-distant future.
"With the schedule ahead, we have our hands full," Delaney said. "Until we get healthy and back on track this team's going to struggle."
Western's next game is tonight at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall against the Windsor Lancers, followed by a contest against the Warriors in Waterloo on Saturday.