Mustangs Gallop Past Thunderbirds In Nailbiter
Western Mustangs Women's BasketballAndriejus Sukauskas
The Western Mustangs Women’s basketball team has had a very rough start to the 2018-19 season. The Mustangs have battled many injuries to star players in Julia Curran and Maddy Horst, which has set them at a 1-11 record.
However, The Mustangs have some upside coming into the game versus the Algoma Thunderbirds, who have also been struggling. To start off the season, the Thunderbirds have a 4-8 record. Coming into this game the Mustangs will be seeing their star players Julia Curran and Maddy Horst for the first time since both of their injuries. Both players will be playing under a minutes restrictions.
The Friday night doubleheader began with both teams going back and forth. The two squads were attempting to turn their seasons around, and the nerves were really getting to the players. Each side was making very poor decisions, which accumulated to many turnovers. The first quarter ended with the score being 16-16.
Julia and Maddy played very few minutes in the first quarter but this changed throughout the course of the game as head coach Brien Cheng decided to rely heavily on star senior Julia Curran. Julia lead the charge for the Mustangs as they began to slowly pull away in the second quarter. The Mustangs were looking poised out on the court with their team almost back at full strength. At the end of the first half, the score was 34-28 for the Mustangs.
Algoma simply looked like they couldn’t keep up with the Mustangs recovering star seniors. The Mustangs began to take a promising lead to start the third. Finally, with a full team, Brien Cheng is utilizing most of his bench and closing out what looks to be the second win of the season for the Mustangs. They ended the half on a 7-0 run and took a 52-43 lead.
The 4th quarter looked a lot like the third. Western dominating with their experienced group of seniors playing heavy minutes as head coach Brien Cheng did not want to let this game slide. In spite of that, the Thunderbirds started making a very strong push for a comeback. They brought the game to within 3 points in the dying seconds but simply could not hit the game-tying three given they had two opportunities to do so. It is safe to say that the Western Women’s basketball team had secured their second win of the season.
The Mustangs will be looking to expand on their streak, as they will once again play the Algoma Thunderbirds on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 6 pm.