Sleeping giant decimates York
"Let's get ready to rumble - this is the main
event of the year"
Sleeping giant decimates York
Women ballers split weekend series at home
By Chris Lackner
If adversity creates character, the Mustangs women's basketball team is
well-prepared for the season's home stretch.
Last week, the women's team played three games in a four day span,
culminating in an 83-67 thrashing of the York Yeowomen on Saturday at
Western head coach Bob Delaney said fatigue and exhaustion played a major
role in Western's slow start against York, which saw the Mustangs fall
behind 20-11 in the game's first 10 minutes.
"We've never had a schedule like this with the exception of tournament
play," he said.
The Mustangs were led by guard Joanne Chehade with 21 points and centre
Lindsay Kennedy with 16.
Guard Julie Lamparski hit five out of eight attempted three-point baskets,
helping put the game out of the Yeowomen's reach.
"Lindsay Kennedy had one of her best games in over a month and a half,"
Delaney said, noting her typically strong defensive performance was also
accompanied by intense offensive play.
"When we opened the game, we were a little tired," Kennedy said. "We
lacked intensity and then everyone sort of gave the extra effort [needed
for the victory]."
Bill Pangos, head coach of the Yeowomen, said Western's shifting defensive
play – a combination of both zone and man-to-man patterns, caused havoc
for the offensive rhythm of his team.
"I was really disgusted with our defensive effort today overall," he
"They played exceptionally better," he added, giving especially high marks
to the Mustangs rebound skills.
"Offensively, I'll take 67 points here any day, but we have to play better
at the other end of the court," he said. "We need to show grit and desire.
We're not a big team and Western has some size on us."
On Friday night, the Mustangs met the nation's fourth ranked Laurentian
Voyageurs. In a see-saw battle, the Mustangs finally fell to the
competition with a score of 73-66.
"It's a good sign for the future," Delaney said. "It shows we can match up
physically and mentally with anyone."
The Mustang players learned a lot about their own abilities Friday night,
Kennedy said, noting the teams' performance should provide confidence for
their playoff run.
Chehade led the team with 20 points and 10 rebounds, as well as Lamparski,
who added 19.
Last Wednesday, in the first game of their four-day ordeal, the Mustangs
had their vengeance against the Laurier Golden Hawks, who defeated them
two weeks ago, overcoming Laurier 64-52.
The 11-3 Mustangs play their next game tonight against Guelph, followed by
an encounter with Brock at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Alumni Hall. The
Mustangs play three of their last four games against some of the promised
elite teams, including two against McMaster and one against Toronto.
"We need that kind of flow going into the playoffs," Delaney said of the
team's difficult schedule. "We need tougher games at this time of the
SHE DOESN'T SLEEP WITH HER BASKETBALL FOR NOTHING. Mustang forward
Joanne Chehade drives to the hole in their 73-66 loss to the Laurentian