First place Mustangs
By Ian Denomme
THE LANE. A Western Mustang women’s basketball
player penetrates through the McMaster defense, aiding the
Mustangs in their 61-51 victory Wednesday night.
On a night when their play in the paint wasn’t at its best,
the Western women’s basketball team managed to step up in
That ability to improve in other areas and some undisciplined
play from their opponents, the McMaster Marauders, led to the Mustangs
61-51 victory on Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.
Both teams had trouble putting the ball in from close range, as
McMaster shot just 38 per cent from the field, while the Mustangs
shot 36 per cent. The difference, however, was Western’s
ability to score from outside. They hit over half of their three
“We’re totally an inside team,” said Mustang
head coach Mike Milne. “Tonight we just didn’t finish.
But good teams step up in other areas and we did that.”
The Mustangs managed to control the tempo of the game by coming
down with most of the rebounds, especially on the defensive end.
“Our defense was the difference,” said forward Rebecca
McColl, who had 13 points for the Mustangs. “Every game we
rely on our defense and our offense usually follows. We had some
mental lapses but we pulled through.”
Western came out of the gates quickly and built a 10 point lead
by the midway point of the first half. From then on it was a seesaw
battle between the two teams.
McMaster continued to play tough and refused to go away, continuously
nipping at Western’s heels. They went into half-time with
a 35-27 lead.
Coming out of the dressing room poised to make a comeback, McMaster
slowly started to chip away at Western’s lead, and with three
minutes to play, had the lead down to just five points. But that
was as close as they would get.
The Marauders shooting went cold and they got into foul trouble
down the stretch. The Mustangs were able to secure the win on foul
Julie Lamparski led the Mustangs with 16 points, including some
big three’s and clutch free throws. Cheryl Atkinson added
McMaster had a balanced attack, getting 12 points from Chiara
Rocca and Alicia Fidanza, 11 from Heather Gowan and 10 from Christin
“Our biggest problem was that we didn’t play with
the same intensity for 40 minutes,” said Marauders head coach
Theresa Burns about the loss. “We played sporadically and
Western was able to capitalize on some bad passes and our foul
In the second half, when the game got close, there seemed to be
a sense of urgency on the Western’s team.
“We started playing not to lose,” Milne said. “That’s
the wrong mentality to have. We got cold, but we have to stay aggressive
and keep improving in those situations.”
The Mustangs improved to 10-3 on the season, while McMaster fell
“We haven’t played a full 40 minute game all season,” Burns
said. “In our last few games, we’ve been getting into
holes and having to dig our way out in the second half.”