Women’s team starts fast; men lose opener

Leanne Cave

Bakersfield College’s women’s basketball team improved to 4-1 Tuesday by beating Moorpark 74-69.

The Renegades trailed in the first half but took the lead early in the second half and didn’t relinquish it.

Ashley Nichols scored 23 points and Nicole Goss had 21 for BC. Teammate Ashlee Klingenberg scored all nine of her points on 3-pointers, and Darlene Alugbue had 19 rebounds.

The women posted a season-opening win over Allan Hancock, 77-38, on Nov 10. BC held Hancock scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the second half, and the ‘Gades totaled 28 steals.

The ‘Gades also participated in the San Diego Mesa tournament Nov. 12-13 where they beat a tough Fullerton team 66-63.

In the victory over Fullerton, it took an overall team effort, and the ‘Gades played soild defense down the stretch to get the win. Goss scored 26 points and dominated the boards as she had 10 rebounds and blocked six shots to lead BC.

Goss also played solid defense as she stole the ball seven times. Nichols contributed to the victory with 10 rebounds and four assists. Klingenberg and Tayler McQuiliams made clutch free throws when it counted, and Alugbue had five of BC’s 14 blocked shots.

The ‘Gades lost the final game of the tournament to San Diego Mesa 77-74.

The men didn’t fair so well in their season opener Nov. 12 as they lost to College of the Sequoias 82-78. Marquintise Davis scored 26 points and Tyler Monk added 21 for BC.