Mustangs Fall in Lancers' Second Half Surge
Western Mustangs Women's BasketballGreg Bowman
The Western Mustangs women’s basketball team suffered another tough loss to the powerhouse Windsor Lancers on Sunday afternoon 77-39. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th, but was postponed due to freezing rain.
The Mustangs were playing on back-to-back days, as they fell to the Brock Badgers 66-37 on Saturday-- their lowest point total of the season. Saturday’s game was ugly by all accounts, with only two Mustangs recording more than four points in the game.
The purple & white came out in the first quarter with a much better effort than the previous day’s, holding the Lancers offence to just 15 points while trailing by eight after the opening 10 minutes. The Mustangs’ offence started to find their rhythm in the second quarter, as their shooting improved drastically, shooting 37% from the field while holding Windsor to just four field goals in the second quarter. The Mustangs would win the second frame 17-12, trailing 27-24 at recess.
The third quarter saw the Windsor Lancers lift themselves out of their shooting slump, improving their shooting by 15% while going 3-8 from three-point territory. Conversely, the wheels started to fall off the Mustang’s proverbial wagon, as their shooting dropped to 21% in the third quarter, not hitting a single three-pointer.
That would translate into a fourth quarter where the Lancers simply ran away with it. They were beating the Mustangs to every rebound, loose ball, and anticipating their offence better than Western were. It was a Lancers shooting fiesta--they went an astounding 72% from the field on 13-18 shooting. The Mustangs registered just five points in the final frame, falling by a 77-39 final.
No Western player recorded double-digit scoring totals, while Laura Graham was the only Mustang to hit more than two field goals. The Mustangs gave up more points on Sunday (77) than they had scored over the entire weekend (76).
The season has been a tough one for the 'Stangs, but they have given invaluable opportunities to rookie players, with five first-years in the lineup on Sunday. Julia Curran is still sidelined with a knee injury, and is doubtful to suit up again this season. The silver lining is that she is returning for a fifth year, with the mindset to use the extended off-season to improve the best she can.
As for the rest of the team, they will play in Waterloo on Wednesday against the Warriors--a team that they’ve beaten once this year--before closing out their season on Saturday, February 16th when they host the McMaster Marauders.