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Women's Basketball: Santa Rosa thwarted by San Bernadino

Britta Irvine Dribbling
#13 Britta Irivine driving Photo Credit: Guy Mohr

SRJC 45, San Bernardino Valley College 52

             In the second round of the City College of San Francisco Golden Gate Classic, the Bear Cubs (4-5) were matched up against another team from Southern California, the Wolverines of San Bernardino Valley College (6-6). The Wolverines got on the scoreboard first with a 2-pointer 94 seconds after they won the tipoff. Ten seconds later Angel Bernardi banked in a short shot, and Destiny Grayer scored their next time down. The Wolverines quickly tied the game. With 6:12 on the clock, Angel Bernardi drew a shooting foul and made both free throws. The Wolverines went on a 9-0 run before Gaby Roldan dropped in a shot from the free throw elbow with 1:12 remaining. The Wolverines hit a 12-footer with 25 seconds left, and then Madeline Strom finished up the scoring with two free throws 5.4 seconds before the end of the quarter. The Wolverines held a 15-10 advantage when the period came to a close.

            The Bear Cubs scored first in the second quarter on a single free throw by Destiny Grayer and a 10-footer by Mireya Lopez at the 7:34 mark to get within two at 13-15. Ninety seconds later, Jenny Eggers' inside shot tied the score at 15. The Wolverines made their first basket of the period at the 5:19 mark to retake the lead. A single free throw by Mireya Lopez at 4:34 got the Bear Cubs within one. The Wolverines sank a 3-pointer with 4:05 on the clock. The Bear Cubs scored the next 8 points on a Jenny Eggers' field goal, her 3-point play, and Mireya Lopez's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left. A Wolverines' field goal at the buzzer cut the Bear Cubs' lead to 24-22 at halftime.

            It took the Wolverines just 40 seconds to tie the score on their first shot of the third quarter. Jenny Eggers next made the Bear Cubs' first shot. The Wolverines sank their next field goal attempt, and Angel Bernardi went to the free throw line, making both. Britta Irvine swished a 3-pointer at the 7:17 mark for a 31-26 lead. But the Wolverines put in their own 3-pointer 12 seconds later. With 5:58 on the clock, Mireya Lopez's 8-footer pushed their lead to 33-29. During the remainder of the period, the Bear Cubs missed all seven of their shots, only adding four free throws, the last two by Cammie Barsuglia with 2:19 left for a 37-29 lead. The Wolverines scored the last seven points of the quarter on two 3-pointers and a free throw to cut the Bear Cubs' lead down to 37-36 at the end of the period.

            The Wolverines started the fourth quarter by making two free throws. Kylie Oden, playing on a sore and heavily taped right ankle, sank her only 3-pointer 23 seconds later for a 40-38 lead. The Wolverines took advantage of the Bear Cubs' poor shooting, numerous turnovers, and fouling to score 10 unanswered points on two field goals and six free throws, as they surged ahead 48-40 with two minutes to play. Jenny Eggers finally got to the free throw line at the 1:37 mark to attempt the Bear Cubs' only two free throws of the quarter. She made the first but missed the second. The Wolverines added two free throws with 31 seconds to go, and Destiny Grayer scored on a drive 10 seconds later. The Bear Cubs fouled and their opponent made one free throw. Kylie Oden's 6-footer with 11.3 seconds remaining accounted for their final points. A single Wolverine free throw completed the scoring, as they claimed a 52-45 victory.

            During the deciding fourth quarter, the Bear Cubs made just 3 out of 12 shots (25%) and one of two free throws. They were whistled for 10 fouls, while the officials called only three on the Wolverines. The Wolverines made 2 out of 13 shots (14%), but they took 18 free throws, making 12 of them.

            Jenny Eggers led the Bear Cubs in scoring with 10 points. Mireya Lopez scored 8 points, Angel Bernardi 7, Kylie Oden 6, Destiny Grayer 5, Britta Irvine 3, and Gaby Roldan, Cammie Barsuglia, and Madeline Strom 2 each. Britta Irvine and Angel Bernardi each pulled down 9 rebounds. Jenny Eggers led in steals with 6.