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Women's Basketball: Bear Cubs fall 54-55 to Redwoods

Women's Basketball: Bear Cubs fall 54-55 to Redwoods

Playing in the 11:00 am game for the SRJC Tournament Consolation Title, the Bear Cubs were matched against the Corsairs of the College of the Redwoods. The Bear Cubs missed their first two shots, but got on the scoreboard first when Jenna Dunbar sank two free throws 69 seconds into the game. Jenna's field goal 77 seconds later gave the Bear Cubs a 4-0 lead. The Corsairs took a 5-4 lead on a field goal and three free throws when a 3-point shooter was fouled.  The Bear Cubs didn't score again until Amber Hart made her only basket of the game with 13:45 on the clock, making the score 6-7. Four free throws by Brooke Santander put the Bear Cubs ahead 10-7 with 11 minutes in the half. Taylor Graham's put-back at the 7:56 mark was their first field goal after 11 misses, putting the Bear Cubs on top 13-9. Brooke Santander put in back-to-back 3-pointers to increase their lead to 21- 15 with 4:44 remaining in the half. The Bear Cubs missed their final six shots, only adding two free throws by Alicia Mehtlan, while their opponents tallied 6 more points to make the Bear Cubs' halftime lead just 23-21. 

The Bear Cubs started the second half with the ball and got the pass inside for a close shot that missed the mark. The Corsairs tied the game on their first possession. They made consecutive 3-pointers to jump out in front 29-23 after two-and-a-half minutes of play. After missing their first six shots, the Bear Cubs finally scored when Vai Thompson banked in a two-footer with 16:09 on the clock. They missed their next six shots, only scoring on two free throws by Alicia Mehtlan and two by Brooke Santander, before Niambi Saint Louis hit a 10-footer at the 12:36 mark, making the score 31-33. Brooke scored 16 seconds later to tie the score. Jenna Dunbar made two consecutive steals and full court driving layups to put the Bear Cubs up 39-37. The Corsairs tied the score and the teams exchanged field goals until the visitors ran off six unanswered points to take a 51-45 lead with four minutes remaining. Jenna Dunbar scored another layup off a steal, and Taylor Graham drove and pulled up to score with 2:19 left, getting the Bear Cubs within two points, 49-51. The Corsairs next hit a 3-pointer with 1:49 on the clock. After two unsuccessful trips down the floor, the Bear Cubs got within three points when Jenna Dunbar hit a field goal with 49 seconds remaining. Following a Santa Rosa timeout, they were able to prevent their opponents from scoring. They grabbed the rebound and Jenna Dunbar swished a 3-pointer to tie the game with 29 seconds on the clock. The Corsairs committed a violation trying to inbound the ball, so the Bear Cubs called their final timeout. They tried to work for a shot but threw an ill-advised off balance crosscourt pass that was intercepted. The Redwoods player drove for a layup, missed, but got her own rebound and was fouled. She missed the first free throw but made the second to give her team a one-point lead. With just four seconds to play, the Bear Cubs inbounded but fumbled the ball just past midcourt and never got a shot off, falling to the Corsairs 54-55. 

The Bear Cubs only made 17% (5 out of 30) of their shots in the first half and only held the halftime lead because they made 11 out of 14 (79%) free throws. In the second half they made 35% of their shots (11 out of 31), but only made 8 out of 13 (62%) free throws. Their lack of confidence when under pressure and costly turnovers (29 total) accounted for the loss. 

Jenna Dunbar recorded the first double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Brooke Santander scored 16 points, including a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line. Niambi Saint Louis added 6 points, Alicia Mehtlan 5 points on 5 for 8 free throw shooting, Vai Thompson and Taylor Graham 4 each, and Amber Hart 2. Brittney Rachuy grabbed 9 rebounds, and Brooke Santander and Vai Thompson each came down with 7. Jenna Dunbar made 4 steals and drove full court to score on all of them. Taylor Graham led with 5 assists.