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Bear Cubs get complete team effort for the win over Sac City

Rose Nevin posting up

SRJC 101, Sacramento City College 41

            The Sacramento City College Panthers (1-17, 0-9) came to Santa Rosa with only six healthy players to face the Bear Cubs (19-2, 8-1) Tuesday. The Bear Cubs scored first off the opening jump ball when Ashleigh Barr tipped to Lucca Lowenberg, who then passed ahead to a streaking Ciarah Michalik for the uncontested layup. The Panthers' 6'1" post player, Bella Boyer, made a shot from inside the paint 18 seconds later. The Bear Cubs scored the next 10 points on two free throws each by Meredith Gilbertson and Lowenberg, Lanie Lincoln's 3-pointer, and Michalik's 3-pointer. Hailee Hackett then swished two baseline 3-pointers in a row to close the gap to 8-12 at the 7:11 mark. The Bear Cubs again scored 10 unanswered points on Rose Nevin's 1-footer off the assist from Gilbertson, Gilbertson's layup off of Lowenberg's assist, Nevin's putback, Lowenberg's layup off of Lincoln's assist and Sheriene Arikat's 15-footer. Amirah Rode-McKissack tallied the next four points on a field goal and two free throws, and then Gilbertson caught a pass from Alex Ditizio under the basket and flipped the ball back over her head and in. After a Panthers' miss, Arikat sank a 10-footer. Monique Castex made one free throw with 2:38 on the clock. Ditizio banked in a shot at the end of a drive from three feet out, and Michalik sank one free throw with 1:49 remaining. Kandace Sans' 3-pointer with 17 seconds left cut the Bear Cubs' lead to 29-16 by the end of the quarter.

            The Bear Cubs made three shots in a row—Lucca Lowenberg's 3-pointer, Ashleigh Barr's 10-footer, and Lowenberg's 10-footer—to start the second quarter before the Panthers added two points on two free throws by Rode-McKissack. Lowenberg's 3-pointer and Rose Nevin's shot from just above the free throw line were followed by Sans' field goal at the 6:58 mark. While the Panthers were unable to score, Lowenberg swished another 3-pointer, Meredith Gilbertson sank one from beyond the arc, Lowenberg dropped in a putback, and Sheriene Arikat made both of her free throws. Castex's two free throws with 3:14 remaining were the Panthers' final points of the period. The Bear Cubs added seven more points on one free throw by Nevin, two free throws by Alex Ditizio, Nevin's putback, and Lowenberg's putback with four seconds left to widen the halftime lead to 58-22.

            The Bear Cubs inbounded the ball from the sideline to start the third quarter and successfully executed the diagrammed play with Lanie Lincoln passing to a cutting Ashleigh Barr, who dropped in the shot from the middle of the key. Malia Clark scored on a drive 55 seconds later. About two minutes after that Barr hit a 5-footer off the assist from Ciarah Michalik. Nearly another minute passed before Lucca Lowenberg and Lincoln swished back-to-back 3-pointers. Clark scored the next four points on a 3-pointer and one out of two free throws with 3:34 on the clock. Rose Nevin drew a shooting foul and made both free throws. Sheriene Arikat cut to the basket and scored off the assist from Ashleigh Barr. The next time down Arikat sank a 10-footer off the assist from Lincoln. Clark swished a 3-pointer with 1:38 remaining. Barr scored on a putback and Alex Ditizio intercepted a pass below the Panthers' free throw line, drove it all the way down, and banked in the layup with two seconds left to put the Bear Cubs in front 78-31.

            Malia Clark scored the first two points of the fourth quarter when she was able to get around defenders and drive to the hoop. On the Panthers' next possession Hailee Hackett drained a 3-pointer. The Bear Cubs missed their first three shots of the quarter and then sank three in a row—Lucca Lowenberg's 4-footer, her 10-footer, and Meredith Gilbertson's drive. One free throw each by Clark and Rode-McKissack got the Panthers' total to 38 with 6:20 on the clock. The Bear Cubs went on a 14-0 run comprised of Rose Nevin's 2-footer, Taylor Iacopi's layup off of Lanie Lincoln's assist, Ashleigh Barr's putback, Sheriene Arikat's 15 footer off of Iacopi's assist, Nevin's cut and 1-footer off of Barr's assist, Barr's turnaround 5-footer off of Arikat's assist, and Arikat's 12-footer off of Alex Ditizio's assist. Rode-McKissack's 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining completed the Panthers' scoring. The Bear Cubs passed the ball around, and with the shot clock getting low, Ashleigh Barr passed across the court to Taylor Iacopi for a 3-pointer that put the Bear Cubs over the century mark. The Panthers' final shot missed, Ashleigh Barr rebounded, and the Bear Cubs dribbled out the clock on their 101-41 victory.

            The Bear Cubs registered season-highs in offensive rebounds (25), total rebounds (68), and assists (29) culminating in the first game one of Coach Lacey Campbell's teams have scored in triple digits. They scored a season-high 17 second-chance points following offensive rebounds. The Panthers were limited to four offensive rebounds and didn't score off of any of them. Malia Clark and Amirah Rode-McKissack each scored 12 points for the Panthers.

            Lucca Lowenberg found her shooting touch, making 10 out of 16 shots (62.5%) including 4 3-pointers, and both of her free throws to total 26 points. Rose Nevin completed her first double-double of her career with career highs of 15 points and 17 rebounds. Ashleigh Barr registered her 11th double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Sheriene Arikat and Meredith Gilbertson also scored in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Ciarah Michalik, Alex Ditizio, and Lanie Lincoln each added 6 points, and Taylor Iacopi 5. Lanie Lincoln passed for 7 assists and Ciarah Michalik for 6.