Hoops, hockey action over the weekend

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

With most regular seasons finished, playoff games and provincial championships took place for many Mustang teams last weekend.

The Western figure skating team won gold at the Ontario University Athletics Figure Skating Championships hosted by Ryerson last weekend. Western won the championship with 80 points. Brock was second with 76 points and Queen’s third with 74 points.

Back at Western, the men’s basketball team (10-11) fell to the McMaster Marauders 85-80 at Alumni Hall Saturday. Brad Smith led the Mustangs with 23 points while Martin Ajayi paced the Marauders with 21 points. Other Mustangs in double digits included Danny Jeon with 16 points, Jason Milliquet with 13 points and Matt Curtis with 10 points, while Adam Ruickbie contributed nine points and 11 boards.

Though Western has already clinched a playoff berth, it must defeat Laurier tomorrow to secure home-court advantage for the OUA West divisional quarter-final.

The women’s basketball team (17-5) fared better last week, earning a first-round bye with a 59-49 win over the Brock Badgers in St. Catharines. Nadine Paron led the Mustangs with 21 points while Amanda Anderson chipped in 18. With the win, the Mustangs finish second in the OUA West. They host the OUA quarter-final tomorrow night at Alumni Hall.

The women’s hockey team (10-11-1-1) took possession of fourth place in the OUA with a scrappy 1-0 win over the Guelph Gryphons Friday. Netminder Danielle Le Ber earned her third shutout of the season while forward Jessica Van Santen scored the game winner midway through the second period.

In other news, Western women’s volleyball head coach Dean Lowrie was named OUA West Coach of the Year, while Julia Hall and Melissa Mann were named first team all-stars in the OUA West Division. Hall had 178 kills and 244 digs in 58 games this season and Mann finished with 155 kills and 219 digs. Also recognized was libero Andrea Ruste, who was named first-team libero and second-team all-star in the OUA West, and setter Jenna Thompson, who made the all-rookie team.

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