Women ballers bury
Lancers by recovering blown lead
By James Gibson
NIGHTS PLAYING NBA LIVE REALLY HELPED. Mustangs Julie Lamparski
was mint from the field in Western's 69-62 victory over the Windsor
Looking to extend
their home-winning streak to four games, the Western Mustangs women's
basketball team came out like a runaway train in Wednesday night's battle
against the Windsor Lancers.
The Mustangs prevailed, defeating the Lancers 69-62 in 40 minutes of heart-pounding
Western, currently tied for third in the Ontario University Athletics
West Division, showed complete and total dominance in the first five minutes
of the game, setting the tone for the win.
The Mustangs were eager to avenge their 55-42 loss to Windsor in November.
"Last time we played the [Lancers], we didn't score for the first
nine and a half minutes," explained Mustangs guard Alana Juzenas.
"That gave as a lot of motivation in this game."
"[Western] dictated the pace of the game for the first four minutes,"
said Lancers head coach Georgia Risnita.
From the opening tip-off, the Lancers struggled to extinguish Western's
fire, as the Mustangs opened up a 19-9 lead after six minutes.
Forward Cheryl Atkinson was all over the Lancers defense like white on
rice. Atkinson showed up with 11 points in the first six minutes, forcing
the Lancers to take their first time-out only five minutes and 37 seconds
into the game.
The Lancers started off the second half down 45-29. Within a few minutes,
the Mustangs had established a decisive 18 point lead. It was at this
point that the outworked Lancers began to apply substantial pressure on
the Mustangs defense.
Leading the way was Lancers forward Karie Jackson, who potted 16 points
in the game. By working the rebounds and pressuring the Mustangs defense,
the Lancers established a 56-55 lead with six minutes remaining in the
In the game's remaining minutes, the Mustangs defined perseverance by
engaging in extensive defensive efforts, led by Juzenas and overpowering
offensive tallies by forward Rebecca McCol. Rookie guard Katherine Gonzalez
contributed a clutch five points in the dying minutes of the game, including
a clinching three pointer.
"For us to have an 18 point lead, lose it; then come back and win,
shows a lot of character," said Western head coach Bob Delaney
Lancers head coach Georgia Risnita may have summed up the game best. "In
the end, [Western] finished and we didn't".