Volume 96, Issue 71
Wednesday, February 5, 2003

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Mac rules rivalry

With a full bench back at their luxury, the roller-coaster ride continued for the Mustangs women's basketball team.

On Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, Western's women's basketball team dropped their second conference game to McMaster University, 67-54, and dropped any hopes of securing the top spot in the Ontario University Athletics West conference.

The Mustangs got down early and fell plague to their season-long vice of not being able to generate offense.

"This season we've had difficulty scoring," remarked Western head coach Bob Delaney, concerning the fact that his team dug themselves an 11-point hole early in the game. "We come out and play defense every night, but our offense is struggling."

The Western women do sport the finest defense in the OUA West and used a stingy zone and pressing defense to cut the early lead and go up by four at one point in the second half, but ended up jogging to the locker room with a 35-31 deficit at half-time.

Lindsay Kennedy and Jen Grebeldinger, who have both been sidelined with injuries recently, got into the mix Saturday, but were still not at 100 per cent.

"Lindsay Kennedy, for not having been playing games lately, was impressive for us," said Delaney concerning the return of Kennedy, one of his team captains.

Delaney also noted the strong play of Charlene Tortosa, who came off the bench to run the offense at point guard and distribute the ball.

In the second stanza, Western went down early again, but battled back before poor free-throw shooting did them in. Delaney specifically spoke about an instance late in the second half when forward Joanne Chehade missed two free throws that could have cut Western's deficit to only four points at the time.

"It boils down to leadership," said a clearly frustrated Delaney. "There isn't that go-to player this year.

"I'm more disappointed this year than I ever have been before. Some nights we look like we should be in the top 10 in Canada, and other nights we look like we are in the bottom three in Canada," Delaney continued.

Chehade did score the majority of her team-leading 12 points in the last part of the second half, but Delaney said it was Katie Coulson, a London native who plays for Mac, who finished off the Mustangs by dropping 13 points and handing out seven assists.

– Ryan Hickman


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