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Santander leads the Bear Cubs to road victory 78-61

Santander leads the Bear Cubs to road victory 78-61

SRJC 78, Cosumnes River College 61

             For their fourth and final Big 8 road trip to the Sacramento area, the Bear Cubs (14-9, 5-3) drove to Cosumnes River College to take on the Hawks (4-15, 2-6). The Hawks scored the first two field goals of the contest before Niambi Saint Louis sank one at the 8:30 mark. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jenna Dunbar and Brooke Santander and a field goal by Kerianne Noonen put the Bear Cubs ahead 11-8 with 5:55 on the clock. The Hawks countered with two 3-pointers and a field goal to go in front 16-11 with 3:00 remaining. Noonen broke the ice with a scoring drive 14 seconds later. Brooke Santander hit a jumper with 1:20 remaining, and Noonen sank two free throws with 1:05 left to tie the game at 17. The Hawks finished the quarter with a field goal and one of two free throws to hold a 20-17 lead as the quarter ended.

            The Hawks again scored the first two field goals of the quarter. Niambi Saint Louis converted a 3-point play on a putback with 8:21 on the clock. During the next three minutes Vai Thompson sank a field goal and two free throws and Jenna Dunbar made four free throws to give the Bear Cubs a 28-27 lead. Beginning with two consecutive field goals by Brooke Santander, the Bear Cubs put together a 12-4 run in the second half of the quarter to take a 40-31 lead into halftime.

            Kerianne Noonen scored the first three points of the third quarter on 3 out of 4 free throws. The Hawks scored their first five points of the quarter on 5 out of 6 free throws. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jenna Dunbar and Brooke Santander increased the Bear Cubs' lead to 51-38 halfway through the period. The Bear Cubs were only able to get off three more field goal attempts in the final five minutes of the quarter, making two of them, while the Hawks also made two field goals in addition to three free throws to close to 45-55 at the end of the period.

            The Hawks started the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and a field goal before Brooke Santander hit a jumper at the 8:40 mark. The Hawks answered with another 3-pointer to get within four points at 53-57. Niambi Saint Louis drew a shooting foul and made both free throws with 8:04 on the clock. Sixty-nine seconds later Hayley Louzao sank her first 3-pointer of the season for a 62-53 lead. A field goal by the Hawks with 4:45 remaining made the differential 55-65. Ashley Hart banked in a short shot a minute later followed by two field goals by Brooke Santander and two free throws by Jenna Dunbar to extend the lead to 73-55 with 2:36 on the clock. A Hawk field goal 42 seconds later put the score at 57-73. One field goal by Niambi Saint Louis, one free throw by Kerianne Noonen and two by Brooke Santander completed the Bear Cubs' scoring, as they went on to win by a final score of 78-61.

            The Bear Cubs committed 23 turnovers but were more efficient than usual with their shot attempts, as they made 23 out of 56 (41%). They were even more accurate from the free throw line, making 27 out of 30 (90%). The Hawks made 20 out of 64 shots (31%) and 17 out of 26 free throws (65%).

            Brooke Santander made 10 out of 16 shot attempts, including 2 out of 3 from beyond the arc, and both of her free throws for a total of 24 points. Jenna Dunbar sank two 3-pointers and all 10 of her free throws for 16 points. Kerianne Noonen made three field goals and 8 out of 11 free throws to tally 14 points. Niambi Saint Louis, who spent most of the game on the bench with foul trouble, finished with 9 points. Vai Thompson added 8 points, Hayley Louzao 3, Ashley Hart 2, and Meme Nicolis 2. Noonen led the team in rebounding with 8 and in assists with 5. Thompson and Nicolis each grabbed 6 rebounds. Jenna Dunbar made 4 steals.