Western: Jenny Vaughan; 31pts, 2ast, 2stl, 12-20fg, 3-6 3fg, 4-6ft
Laurentian: Lisa Furchner; 19pts, 9reb, 8-12fg, 3-4ft
Sudbury, ON–They showed plenty of heart and hustle, but the Laurentian Lady V’s (0-1) had no chance tonight shooting 30.0% from the field against a Western team running on all cylinders. In stark contrast to Laurentian, Western (1-0) shot 59.6% from the field, including a blazing 10 of 19 from beyond the arc in a convincing victory on Laurentian’s home court.
Western was the more capable team on the offensive end and it showed; they demonstrated good perimeter passing and were quite adept at moving the ball in order to create space for open shots. The glaring difference between the two teams in this meeting was that when Western could find open shots, they hit them.
Western’s starting point guard, second year Jenny Vaughan, turned in an absolute monster of a game with 31 points on 12-20 shooting, including going 3-6 from three-point land. Vaughan showed an impressive combination of skill and size, able to both run the offence and provide scoring. Despite the tenacious defence of the quick-handed Katie Goggins, (six steals) Vaughan at 5’9” was able to easily shoot over Laurentian’s shorter guards.
Goggins continued to impress with her quickness and dribble-penetration, leading all players with eight free throw attempts, hitting five. Unfortunately she only netted four of her 14 field-goal attempts. Pacing Laurentian was the seasoned power forward Lisa Furchner, whose ability to score in the post gave Laurentian 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Furchner also demonstrated a great effort on the boards, pulling down nine rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive end. Offensive rebounding was a bright spot for Laurentian on an otherwise dismal night, as they pulled down an impressive 24 offensive boards. Unfortunately they failed to capitalize offensively on the majority of their second chances.
In their last meeting, the Western Mustangs downed the Lady Vs 75-63.