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Friday, January 31, 2003

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Women ballers bury Lancers by recovering blown lead

By James Gibson
Gazette Writer

A.J. Messier/Gazette
ALL THOSE NIGHTS PLAYING NBA LIVE REALLY HELPED. Mustangs Julie Lamparski was mint from the field in Western's 69-62 victory over the Windsor Lancers.

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 action.

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 game.

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".

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