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Women's Basketball: Slow start but strong finish for the Bear Cubs

#14 Kylie Oden dribbling

SRJC 68, Folsom Lake College 64

 

            Tuesday the Bear Cubs (3-6, 7-12) made their first-ever trip to Folsom Lake College to take on the improved Falcons (1-8, 4-14). The Falcons got off to a hot start, making five out of eight shots, including three 3-pointers, to jump out to a 14-5 lead after three and a half minutes of play. Cammie Barsuglia's 10-footer at the midway point of the quarter cut the Falcons' lead to 14-7. The Falcons scored the next four points to stretch their advantage to 18-7 with 3:44 on the clock. The Bear Cubs finished the quarter with a 12-0 run, thanks to two field goals by Angel Bernardi and a field goal and two 3-pointers by Kylie Oden, to end the period in front 19-18.

            Gaby Roldan made her second 3-pointer of the game on the Bear Cubs' first shot of the second period. After Jenny Eggers hit back-to-back field goals, their lead was up to 26-20. The Falcons scored the next five points, and then Eggers scored again to get their margin to 28-25 with 4:28 on the clock. The Falcons again hit a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer to assume a 30-28 lead with 2:28 left. The Bear Cubs ended the half with a 7-0 run on a free throw by Kylie Oden, and a 3-pointer each by Mireya Lopez and Cammie Barsuglia for a 35-30 halftime lead.

            The Falcons sank a 12-footer to start the scoring in the third quarter. Jenny Eggers made the Bear Cubs' first field goal 21 seconds later. The Falcons outscored the visitors 9-3 to jump back in front 41-40 after four minutes of play. The Falcons only added five free throws during the rest of the quarter. Meanwhile the Bear Cubs scored 15 points on two field goals by Angel Bernardi, one by Jenny Eggers, three by Kylie Oden, and one 3-pointer by Oden for a 55-46 margin at the end of the quarter.

            Jenny Eggers scored the first field goal of the fourth quarter. Then Alma Perez hit a 3-pointer. Six shot attempts later Jenny Eggers made a move to get open inside and hit the shot for a 59-50 lead with 8:12 on the clock. The Falcons tallied the next five points before Kylie Oden scored on a drive at the 3:37 mark. Perez hit a 10-footer, and then Angel Bernardi passed to a cutting Mireya Lopez, who sank the 1-footer. Oden's floater with 1:50 left put the Bear Cubs ahead 65-57. The Falcons made two unanswered field goals to close to 61-65 with 56 seconds left. The Bear Cubs missed their next shot, the Falcons grabbed the rebound, and then called a timeout with 39 seconds remaining. After inbounding, the Falcons got the ball to Perez for a 3-point attempt. She missed the shot but hustled after the rebound and banked in the layup, drawing a foul in the process. She made the free throw to get to 64-65 with 21 seconds to play. The Falcons had only committed one team foul in the quarter, so they to keep fouling as soon as the Bear Cubs inbounded the ball. Eggers finally got to the free throw line with seven seconds to go. She missed the first but made her second for a 66-64 edge. Following a timeout, the Falcons were preparing to inbound the ball from their front court sideline. But before they could pass the ball in, Cammie Barsuglia drew a push-off foul from Angelina Contreras. As the Bear Cubs inbounded the ball following the turnover, Contreras was called for a flagrant foul as she over-aggressively committed the intentional foul. Kylie Oden went to the free throw line to shoot the two technical foul shots. She missed the first but made the second. The Bear Cubs still had possession of the ball, so they inbounded to Cammie Barsuglia, who was fouled with 0.2 seconds to play. She missed the first but made the second for a final score of 68-64.

            Both teams made seven 3-pointers. The Falcons made 13 out of 18 free throws, but the Bear Cubs were only successful on 5 out of 12. Even though the Bear Cubs grabbed 12 offensive rebounds compared to the Falcons' 4, both teams scored twice on their second chance shots.

            Alma Perez finished with 21 points and Angelina Contreras with 19. Abby Malekos and Faith Wilson each scored 10 points.

            Kylie Oden led all scorers with 25 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and passed for 5 assists. Jenny Eggers scored 17 points and led in rebounding with 9. Angel Bernardi contributed 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 assists. Gaby Roldan was 2 for 2 from beyond the arc and made one free throw for 7 points. Cammie Barsuglia scored 6 points and drew two offensive fouls with her defense. Mireya Lopez added 5 points and 4 rebounds. Destiny Grayer didn't score, but she passed for 6 assists and made 2 steals. Britta Irvine is still sidelined with concussion symptoms.