Basketball teams suffer close losses in busy sports weekend

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western men's rugby

Jon Purdy

The men’s basketball team faced its first disappointment of the year in exhibition play this weekend at the University of New Brunswick.

The squad took on St. Mary’s University Friday night and walked off the court with a close 71-70 loss. Western forward Brad Smith accumulated 30 points and 14 boards in the contest.

In an attempt to raise money for breast cancer, the women’s hoops team faced the Laurentian Lady Vees at home Saturday night at 7 p.m. Despite Western forwards Lauren Parkes and Bess Lennox scoring 23 points and 20 points respectively, the team lost 91-89 in overtime.

Also on the court, the women’s volleyball team drove to Brock Sunday afternoon to play its first regular season game. The ’Stangs lost 3-2 in the season opener.

Outside hitter Jacqueline Robinson contributed 21 kills for Western, while second-year setter Jenna Thompson notched 45 assists in the loss.

The ’Stangs look to bounce back with a win Oct. 27 against the Waterloo Warriors.

The men’s rugby squad narrowly defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks in Kitchener last Friday. Chad Harris and David Jacks both had tries for Western in the close match-up. With the win, the squad advances to the Ontario University Athletics quarter-final, where they will face the Waterloo Warriors on Oct. 27 at St. George’s Society rugby pitch in London.

The women’s rugby team is headed to the OUA finals after their victory over the Guelph Gryphons Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs will host the Waterloo Warriors at home on the St. George’s pitch on Oct. 27, where they will compete for the championship banner.

The women’s field hockey team had a winning weekend. It played four matches and finished with four victories. The team defeated Toronto at TD Waterhouse Stadium on Saturday morning by a score of 2-1.

Later that day, Waterloo felt the pressure and lost 2-0 against the ’Stangs. Sunday had a similar outcome, with McGill and York struggling to beat Western, with final scores of 2-1 and 1-0, respectively.

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