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Bear Cubs finish regular season with a convincing win

Brook Santander, Alicia Mehtlan and Vai Thompson playing defense
Brook Santander, Alicia Mehtlan and Vai Thompson playing defense

            The Bear Cubs (13-14, 7-6) ended Big 8 Conference play with a contest at Cosumnes River College (7-19, 2-11). After missing their first three shots of the game, the Bear Cubs made four out of six to take a 9-4 lead at the 15:36 mark. A 3-pointer by the Hawks with 12:27 on the clock cut their deficit to 9-11. Then the Bear Cubs took command, outscoring the home team 23-6 during the remainder of the half to go into the locker room ahead 34-15.

            The Bear Cubs started the second half with a 13-2 run, including a 3-point play by Vai Thompson and a 3-pointer by Brooke Santander, for a 47-17 lead seven minutes in. The Hawks bounced back and created scoring opportunities for themselves, while the Bear Cubs only made four of their final 18 shots. The Hawks ended up outscoring the visitors in the second half, but their first half hole was too deep, as the Bear Cubs came away with a 59-35 victory.

            All of the Bear Cubs saw significant playing time. Coach Campbell was able to limit starting guard Taylor Graham's playing time to 14 minutes instead of her usual 28. Taylor, who injured her knee at the end of Tuesday's game, is the team's only true point guard with Brittney Rachuy done for the season with a broken foot. Taylor didn't score, but she led the team in assists with 4.

            Alicia Mehtlan led the team with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jenna Dunbar had a solid game, scoring 15 points, pulling down 8 rebounds, and making 5 steals. Brooke Santander added 9 points, Amber Hart 6, Niambi Saint Louis and Sarah Arteseros 4 each, Vai Thompson 3, and Colleen Black 2. Vai Thompson set a new personal best with 9 rebounds. Anne Studdert grabbed 6 rebounds and passed for 3 assists.