Volume 95, Issue 66

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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Sleeping giant decimates York

Sports Briefs

"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
Gazette Staff

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 Alumni Hall.

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 explained.

"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 year."

Nicole D'Cruz/Gazette
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 Voyageurs.

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