Gaels Prevail Due to Mustangs' Injuries
Western Mustangs Women's BasketballAndriejus Sukauskas
The Western Mustangs Women’s basketball team entered the doubleheader on Friday, November 2, 2018, against the Queens Gaels with a 1-1 record, winning their last game against the Laurier Golden Hawks. The Western Men’s team were at play first, while the Women’s game followed right after. The contest took place as a “school day” game, which left Alumni Hall packed with many schoolchildren of the London community. Although many of the schools who attended had to leave just before the Women’s game started, the atmosphere was still exciting for the game.
The Mustangs would enter the game with a huge hole in their roster as their star senior Guard, Maddy Horst would be out of the game due to injury, with no timeline to when she will return.
The game started off very sloppy as both teams would have many turnovers to the opposition. The Mustangs looked out of place without their starting guard Maddy Horst in the game, constantly having trouble bringing the ball up the court, trying to break the Gaels full-court press against them. Other notable seniors Julia Curran, and Laura Graham were put to the test this game to see if they could carry the Mustangs to their second win of the season.
The Queens Gaels started putting on a show, as it looked as if they were just walking straight past the defence. They went up by 10 early in the second quarter and it didn’t seem like they would be slowing down any time soon. Maddie Morris was shooting the lights out, going 4-4 from the field in the first half without missing a shot. The score at half-time was 33-26 for Queens.
Queens had been dominating the whole game, simply getting unlucky with easy baskets making the score still within 10 points to begin the half. To begin the second half, the Mustangs eventually took the lead for a little while making the score move back and forth with strong shooting by Western’s Debora Kamba. As soon as the Mustangs made the game close, their lack of experience in their guards began to be a problem as the Gaels took advantage with their full-court press ending off the quarter very strong, going up 43-35.
The Western Mustangs simply couldn’t keep up with Queens, as they would end up sealing the game with the score of 58-48. The Gaels had very strong performances from Maddie Morris (10 points) and leading scorer Marianne Alarie (12 points). The absence of Maddy Horst played a huge role in the loss for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs are looking to bounce back from their loss against the Queens Gaels, with a game the following day, November 3, 2018, at 6 PM against the struggling 0-2 York Lions.