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Katherine J. White

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Bakersfield College’s Women’s Basketball team has repeatedly shot down opponents thanks to the team’s shooting talents, said Assistant Coach Jenny Dahl.

“We’re shooting well,” Dahl said. “Our shooting percentage is 47%.”

The team has savored 22 wins and only 5 losses thus far.

Dahl said the Women’s team leads in conference in free throw shooting and possesses an astounding degree of balance.

“We have 4 or 5 starters averaging double figures,” Assistant Coach Dahl said.

Head Coach Paula Dahl said that despite a few player injuries, the team is doing splendidly.

“The team is very balanced; we have strong inside and outside players,” Head Coach Dahl said.

According to the coaches, Forward player Elise Reil suffered a knee strain, and Guard Megan Adkins suffered a head concussion after landing on the court floor during the game against Citrus College. The team is currently working with only 7 players.

However, Assistant Dahl says the team is very fortunate to have dependable bench players.

Sophomore and Guard Taylor Abercrombie says that the team plays well together, and that they get along alright although the team membership is low.

Abercrombie believes that one of the team’s greatest strengths is “running the floor,” and that this strength is an advantage most teams lack.

Abercrombie says the team is looking forward to facing College of the Canyons again Feb. 14 at BC. Abercrombie says that Canyons is the team’s greatest rival.

“They’re fast, and they have a good point guard,” Abercrombie said.

Amber Williams, freshman and point guard, said that one of the team’s greatest distinctions is its ability to play as a team.

The team beat Glendale Jan. 24 66-57 and won against West LA Jan. 31 80-47. Sat., Feb. 3, the team walloped Santa Monica 93-82 Sat Feb 3.

The season thus far for BC’s Men’s Basketball team has been a proverbial slamdunk.

The Men’s overall record is 27-2 with a conference record of 7 and 1. The Men’s team ranks second place in conference, but the team is number one in state ranking, according to Head Coach Rich Hughes.

According to Hughes, the team is anticipating an exciting and challenging game with College of the Canyons.

“It’s going to be a big game for us,” Hughes said. “They (Canyons) won by four Jan. 20,” he said. “They clipped us at their place.”

Hughes said that the team’s greatest strengths are in “passing the ball.” Hughes always cites the team’s ability to “hustle” which is “just hard work. It’s just playing hard,” he said. The team’s weakness is in turnovers.

“It is always beneficial for us to care of the ball,” Hughes said.

Hughes said Sophomore Terrence Johns continues to be a leading scorer. Hughes also cites the rebounding talents of Sophomore Aaron Perez as team assets. Sophomore Andrew Ready, Hughes says, is a “leading assist man.”

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Aaron Chavez agrees with Hughes that the Men’s team is itching to settle the score with Canyons Wed., Feb. 14. Chavez says the team expects the game with Canyons to be a formidable challenge.

“They (Canyons) are very athletic; that sums it up,” Chavez said. “They (Canyons) play well together.”

“It comes down to us and Canyons to determine the conference champions,” Chavez said.

Chavez says the Men’s team continues to rebound well. However, at the Canyons away game Jan. 20, Chavez said that the team felt they could have done a better job in shooting.

“We didn’t play at our level,” Chavez said.

Chavez says the team is working to perfect its free throw shooting abilities and continues to be “a team on the court and off the court.”

The team clobbered Citrus Sat., Jan. 27 74-60 and defeated West LA Wed., Jan. 31 85-61. Sat., Feb. 3, BC beat Santa Monica 122-88.

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