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Women's Basketball: Bear Cubs fall in first Big 8 Contest

Women's Basketball: Bear Cubs fall in first Big 8 Contest

SRJC 47, American River College 60

             The Bear Cubs (5-9) opened Big 8 Conference play by hosting the Beavers (9-5) of American River College. The Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first minute of the game. Zaina Depina's field goal at the 7:51 mark got the Bear Cubs on the scoreboard. Tiffany Salinas completed a 3-point play on their next possession for a 5-4 lead. Jenny Eggers scored the Bear Cubs' final two points of the quarter on a post move with 4:19 on the clock to make the score 7-4. The Beavers finished the period with two field goals and one free throw to hold a 9-7 advantage.

            The Beavers began the second period by again scoring two field goals in the first minute. Angel Bernardi scored the Bear Cubs' first points of the period on a putback with 8:25 on the clock. The Bear Cubs missed their next six shots before Tiffany Salinas and Ashley Hart made consecutive low post shots to get them back within two points at 13-15 at the 5:42 mark. The Beavers then went on a 7-0 run to surge out to a 22-13 lead with 3:14 left. Four seconds later Angel Bernardi drew a foul on a drive and made both free throws. The Beavers answered with a 3-pointer. In the remaining 2:38 the Beavers made one free throw, while Meme Nicolis sank two out of four free throws and Sadie Irvine one of two plus a field goal to cut their deficit to 20-26 at halftime.

            As she did in the first two quarters, Alana Myers scored the first field goal of the quarter for the Beavers. Sadie Irvine sank a pull-up jumper 20 seconds later. Zaina Depina's free throw and successful drive with 7:18 on the clock made the score 25-34. Following another field goal by the Beavers, Jenny Eggers drew a shooting foul and made both free throws. Seventy-two seconds later the Beavers added another field goal, then Eggers scored inside over a defender. La Donna Saint Louis' 3-point play with 3:00 remaining closed the gap to 32-38. The Beavers dropped in three unanswered field goals in a little over two minutes. Sadie Irvine drew a foul with 38 seconds left and made one of the free throws. The Beavers added one free throw with 13 seconds to go and Destiny Grayer scored on a drive before the buzzer to end the quarter with the Bear Cubs behind 35-45.

            Tiffany Salinas put in the first shot of the fourth quarter, a left-handed low post spin move. The Bear Cubs didn't score again until Sadie Irvine's outside shot with 7:20 on the clock, which made the score 39-45. The Beavers' first basket of the period was a 3-pointer at the 6:35 mark. Alana Myers made four free throws in row on consecutive possessions before Madison Barsuglia swished a deep 3-pointer with 5:38 left. Myers scored on a drive before the midpoint of the period to stretch their lead to 54-42. After Myers sank two more free throws, Tiffany Salinas completed a 3-point play, making the score 45-56 with 3:05 remaining. Sadie Irvine scored the Bear Cubs' final points on a baseline shot with 2:31 to go, to make the score 47-58. The Beavers finished the scoring on a layup by their 6'1" center, Kimberly Schupp, with just under two minutes to play, making the final score 47-60.

            The Bear Cubs played terrific defense in the first quarter and for most of the second. In the second half, the Beavers were able to drive by defenders multiple times for easy scores. The Bear Cubs again had a rough shooting night, making only 17 out of 65 shots (26%) and 12 out of 22 free throws (55%).

            Alana Myers led all scorers with 20 points, including 10 out of 14 from the free throw line.

            Tiffany Salinas recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Sadie Irvine also scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jenny Eggers contributed 6 points and 6 rebounds. Zaina Depina added 5 points, Angel Bernardi 4, Madison Barsuglia and La Donna Saint Louis 3 each, and Destiny Grayer, Meme Nicolis, and Ashley Hart 2 each. Sadie Irvine led with 2 assists and Hayley Louzao with 3 steals.