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Bear Cubs win 89-35 - Lowenberg hits 10 3-pointers

Bear Cubs win 89-35 - Lowenberg hits 10 3-pointers

SRJC 89, Cosumnes River College 35

            The Bear Cubs (21-2, 10-1) were back on the road to the Sacramento area to take on the Hawks (7-16, 1-10) of Cosumnes River College. The Bear Cubs got off to an 8-0 start in the first 88 seconds on two 3-pointers by Lucca Lowenberg, and a 3-footer by Ashleigh Barr off the assist from Ciarah Michalik. Isabel Castro sank the Hawks' first basket at the 7:42 mark. During the next three minutes Barr hit a 5-footer off the assist from Meredith Gilbertson, Annie Garrison scored from inside the key for the Hawks, Barr banked in a putback, Castro made another basket, Gilbertson was successful on one free throw, and Garrison also scored again to get the Hawks to 8-13. In the remaining 4:05, Ashley Gonzalez swished a 3-pointer, while the Bear Cubs finished with a 9-0 run on Lowenberg's 3-pointer, Sheriene Arikat's single free throw, Michalik's steal and layup, and Taylor Iacopi's 3-pointer for a 22-11 lead.

            The Bear Cubs scored the first 14 points of the second quarter on Ashleigh Barr's putback, two 3-pointers by Lucca Lowenberg, Ciarah Michalik's 15-foot pull-up jumper, Meredith Gilbertson fast break layup, and Taylor Iacopi's 2-footer off the assist from Barr. Isabel Castro broke the Hawks' scoreless streak with a field goal at the 5:36 mark. Rose Nevin made two free throws, and Sheriene Arikat hit a 12-footer. The Hawks outscored the Bear Cubs 8-7 in the remaining three minutes on four field goals, while the Bear Cubs added Lanie Lincoln's 6-foot runner, Lowenberg's 3-pointer, and Barr's 3-footer off the assist from Gilbertson, which put the Bear Cubs in front 44-21 at the half.

            The Bear Cubs started the third quarter by scoring eight unanswered points in the first 5:36 on Lanie Lincoln's 15-footer, Lucca Lowenberg's 2-footer off of Ashleigh Barr's assist, Meredith Gilbertson's cut down the lane on a baseline inbounds play, and Lincoln's 12-footer. Desiree Gilliard made her only basket of the game with 5:12 on the clock. Sheriene Arikat hit a 12-footer and a 10-footer on a baseline inbounds play, and Lincoln dropped in a runner from 12 feet out with 2:58 left. Ashley Gonzalez scored the Hawks' last five points of the quarter on a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws. The Bear Cubs added Taylor Iacopi's cut and layup and Alex Ditizio's 12-footer for a 65-28 advantage.

            Meredith Gilbertson made one free throw and Lucca Lowenberg a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter scoring. Ashley Gonzalez sank a field goal, and Ciarah Michalik put in one free throw. The Bear Cubs made five shots in a row—Lucca Lowenberg's 3-pointer, Ashleigh Barr's 6-footer off of Lanie Lincoln's assist, Barr's 6-footer off of Rose Nevin's assist, Nevin's 2-footer off of Barr's assist, and Lowenberg's 3-pointer at the 5:08 mark. On the other side of the court the Hawks scored three points on Annie Harrison's basket and one free throw by Gonzalez. During the remainder of the quarter, Gonzalez sank two free throws, while Lucca Lowenberg made her two free throws and her 10th 3-pointer, and Ciarah Michalik drained a 12-foot pull-up jumper for an 89-35 win.

            The Bear Cubs' defense held the Hawks to 35 points on 28% shooting (14 out of 51). Offensively the Bear Cubs made 10 out of 14 shots (71%) in the second quarter and 35 out of 74 (47%) for the game. The Hawks committed 25 turnovers, while the Bear Cubs made only 8. Two Hawks scored in double figures: Ashley Gonzalez with 15 and Annie Garrison 10.

            Lucca Lowenberg sank a school record 10 3-pointers on 16 attempts (62.5%) and totaled a season-high 34 points. The previous record was 9 set by current assistant coach Jenna Dunbar on February 16, 2016 against Sacramento City College. Ashleigh Barr posted her 13th double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. All seven of the other players scored: Lanie Lincoln 8, Ciarah Michalik 7, Taylor Iacopi 7, Sheriene Arikat 7, Meredith Gilbertson 6, Rose Nevin 4, and Alex Ditizio 2. Ciarah Michalik tied her season high in assists with 9.