’Ballers grind out a win against Gryphons

Bess Lennox brings a beefy double-double to the stat sheet

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Western Mustangs women’s basketball team overcame its West division rivals in a scrappy 66-50 win Saturday, avenging a loss earlier this season to the Guelph Gryphons.

Western (11-4) went toe-to-toe with the Gryphons (10-5) at Alumni Hall and held a 31-27 lead after two quarters.

Western limited Guelph to just six points in the third quarter before overwhelming the visitors in the fourth.

“You have to weather the storm when the ball isn’t going in, and it wasn’t going in for us in that third quarter,” said Guelph head coach Angela Orton.

“We started to get discouraged,” she said. “We wanted to negate their second chance opportunities and we didn’t do a good job of that. They did a very good job on the boards and full credit to Western, they took it to us.”

The Mustangs out-rebounded Guelph 52-28, and second-year forward and co-captain Bess Lennox recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Starting forward Lauren Parkes added 14 points on 7 of 14 shooting, and the ’Stangs received a spark off the bench from forward Laura Henrich, who contributed 14 points and 14 boards, scoring the majority of her points in the paint.

“We started off the game shooting jump shots, so we addressed that pretty early,” said Western head coach Stephan Barrie. “Then [in the] second quarter, we started going inside more and getting success, so by the time halftime came, they knew that was going to be the answer.

“We have a lot of inside ability, and tonight it was [Henrich], and she did a heck of a job.”

“I just tried to play defence and go through the plays on offence as we were running them,” Henrich said. “We just played Guelph two weeks ago, so it was stuck in my head how they play and how I wanted to play.”

The Gryphons fought hard, with guard Heather Angus scoring a game-high 19 points, and Guelph’s defensive pressure forced multiple Western turnovers.

“It’s unique to their team,” Henrich said. “They’re hard competitors.”

The game’s intensity took a toll on Western, as Parkes went down in the fourth with an ankle injury.

“We’re going to take a couple days to see how she’s feeling,” Barrie said. “I know it’s not a serious injury, but we’ll err on the side of caution with [Parkes] right now.”

The Mustangs have the week off to rest before their doubleheader against Lakehead Friday and Saturday.

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