They lead the league in field goal percentage (48.2 per cent) and 3-point percentage. They also lead the league in scoring defense (47.9 points per game), and they're second in the OUA in scoring offence. At 9-1, the Western Mustangs are piecing together a great season.
Since losing their only game Nov. 19, the Mustangs have put together a five-game win streak, including a 2-0 showing this past week. Their mid-week contest against the Lancers was a low scoring affair—understandably so, considering they were on holiday—but they persevered.
On Jan. 8, they adjusted and demoralized the Marauders 89-39. Usual suspects Matteke Hutzler and Jenny Vaughan led the way, with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Believe it or not, eight of the Mustangs' nine wins this OUA season have had a margin of victory of 20 points or more. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, this team is making a statement.
But, dare I try to tug at Superman`s cape? Yes. Their only loss came against the Ravens, a 67-65 contest. The Ravens (8-2) are not to be messed with, and they have something on the Mustangs thus far. They don`t face-off again this OUA season, but they may lock horns come playoff time. Time will tell.
Anyhow, this first weekend of January had a full gamut of games. The Varsity Blues (7-4) were the least lucky of top tier teams this weekend, losing two close heartbreakers in two consecutive days. On Jan. 7, a bad fourth quarter resulted in a 57-56 loss to the Gee-Gees (6-4). Gee-Gees forward Jenna Gilbert led all scorers with 18 points, and Blues stalwart Nicki Schutz had 15 points and 13 rebounds in a losing cause.
And somehow, by basketball's version of Murphy’s Law, the Blues lost 52-51 to the Ravens the next night. A 19-9 third quarter for the Ravens sealed the Blues’ fate. The Blues were tuckered out, losing the rebound game 30-19, and turning the ball over 19 times.
Other notable winners in the OUA this weekend include Golden Hawks (8-2), who beat the Warriors 70-19, and the Voyageurs (3-8) went 2-0 for the weekend, beating the Gaels and Paladins—74-50 and 84-44 respectively.