Women hoopsters take two at home

OUAWomen’s Basketball

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mustangs' women's hockey

Joyce Wang

DOUBLE THE WINS MAKES FOR DOUBLE THE FUN. If there’s one thing more fun than OUA basketball, it’s multiplication. Actually, for Brock and Windsor, a lot of things were more fun than basketball this week — they both dropped games to Western.

Western’s women’s basketball team played a strong week, earning home wins against the Brock Badgers and Windsor Lancers.

Despite trailing at halftime in Wednesday’s tilt against the Badgers (10-3), Western controlled the tempo and rallied for a 73-63 win.

Good defence and fast break opportunities turned the game around for the Mustangs (9-4).

“We played really good defence tonight and we outworked them in their own end for most of the night,” said Western forward Nadine Paron.

Western clearly had more desire, as it dominated both ends of the floor, outside and underneath the hoop.

The Purple and Silver successfully limited Brock’s looks at the basket. The women also kept Brock’s leading scorer Jodie Ebeling in check. The guard shot a paltry three for 15 from the field.

The ’Stangs got contributions throughout the lineup but were led by Paron, who notched 22 points. Guard Amanda Anderson and forward Megan Lapointe also played well, adding 18 and 13 points, respectively. Forward Bess Lennox grabbed 12 rebounds.

“Every player played their role perfectly tonight,” said Mustangs assistant coach Jacqueline White. “We got the most from every player on our roster and I feel that was a very big reason why we won.”

Anderson was the steady hand at point guard, whether she was pushing the ball up court, slowing down to find Lapointe under the net for a quick two, or kicking the ball outside to Paron for a three.

Though Western trails Brock in the standings, Paron didn’t see the game as an upset.

“It just goes to show that standings don’t mean anything, and just because we have a worse record than [Brock] doesn’t mean that we aren’t a better team,” Paron said.

Brock head coach Chris Critelli was disappointed by her team’s efforts.

“We just can’t play like that and expect to win against a strong team like Western,” she said. “Even with [Ebeling] having an off night, I still expected us to play a better all around game.

“Western was in more control than us and clearly played better at both ends of the floor.”

Rookie guard Alison Griffiths came off the bench and played a strong 20 minutes for Western. Though her determination and hustle don’t appear in the box score, it was apparent to anyone in attendance at Alumni Hall.

Western collected another victory Saturday, ousting the visiting Windsor Lancers 82-65. Anderson racked up 20 points, eight assists and six boards.

Lancers head coach Chantal Vallée singled her out as the difference in the game.

“[Anderson] had a great game and we needed to have tightened up our defence on her,” Vallée said.

Windsor guard Roc Dranadia was superb, scoring a game-high 31 points.

“I’ve been happy about every game from [Dranadia] so far,” Vallée said. “It depends what the other team gives us; tonight the outside shot was open and she took it. That’s her game.”

The rest of the Lancer squad, however, wasn’t in a taking mood.

“Whatever game plan we had tonight, we didn’t execute it,” Vallée said.

The Purple and Silver out rebounded Windsor 47-31, doing most of the damage on the offensive glass.

Starting forward Megan Lapointe was a force, contributing 13 points, 10 boards and two blocked shots. Forward Bess Lennox also demonstrated her strength and size in the paint, notching eight points and 11 boards.

“Lapointe is starting to establish herself now, which is a little overdue, and I’m glad to see it’s happening,” said Western head coach Stephan Barrie.

Despite the win, Western could have been more clinical in its approach. Turnovers were a sore spot for the Mustangs, who finished with a whopping 20 for the game.

The ’Stangs also had trouble converting easy baskets, shooting 40 per cent from the field.

“There’s going to be nights when players don’t find a rhythm, but that’s OK,” Barrie said. “Good teams are able to win regardless of what their percentage is because they rebound and play defence.

“[Dranadia] didn’t get any layups in the first half " she just pulled up and made very difficult shots. We knew that we were playing good defence so we weren’t discouraged because other players on their team were not scoring in a lot of ways.”

Barrie acknowledged the boost his bench gave Western.

“For the second game in a row, we had two starters that had to sit out fair minutes with two fouls, and our bench has been able to come in and steady the ship,” he said.

“We got every loose ball, and we don’t always win that battle,” said Western guard Lauren Parkes. “[Dranadia] was on fire, but the difference was just working hard on defence and pushing the ball.”

Western is fourth in the Ontario University Athletics’ West division.

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