Women’s hoops splits first two games at home

Women's hoops splits first two games at home

Martin Chang

Bakersfield College guard Claesey Tarver struggles against Riverside College’s defense during the Crossover Tournament on Nov. 9.

Jason Reed, Reporter

After a lopsided victory over Cabrillo College on Nov. 8, the Bakersfield College women’s basketball team lost against Riverside College on Nov. 9.

BC beat Cabrillo 91-40 but lost to Riverside 60-51.

BC found itself in foul trouble early in the game committing four fouls in the first three minutes of the game.

Starting forward Mackenzie Odle, who finished the game with just four points, picked up three early fouls, along with freshman guard Khiylah Dean, who had a team high four steals.

“We were able to play a more aggressive ball game against Cabrillo but this game we weren’t,” BC coach Paula Dahl said about her team’s performance against Riverside.

“So I think that just kind of took them out of sync, which happens.  I think tonight was really good for us, I think we needed it.”

BC shot 53 percent from the free-throw line, making 15 of 28 attempts.

“They let us play a lot more in the second half and they didn’t call the same game.

“We made our free throws and it’s a possible win for us,” Dahl said.

BC outscored Riverside 28-22, as they attacked the basketball much more aggressively than in the first half, when they were outscored by Riverside 38-23.

BC was able to cut Riversides lead to nine points with eight minutes left in the game.

They were able to cut Riverside’s lead down to single digits three times in the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Against Cabrillo, the Renegades outscored the Seahawks 37-14 in the first half and never trailed in the game.

BC forced 44 Cabrillo turnovers and controlled the game from the opening whistle.

BC’s freshman’s Khiylah Dean and Claesey Tarver led the way for the BC in scoring.

Dean had a team high 15 points and Tarver led the bench with 13.

“I love how aggressive they are,” Dahl said about her team’s performance.

“We’re running our break like we want to, I loved it, and every kid was ready to go and got after it.

“Our goal was to run for 40 minutes and we did it.”

BC sophomore guard Christina Soto was the team’s third leading scorer.  She controlled the paint, and scored 12 points for the Renegades.

Dahl was also impressed with how her freshmen played under the bright lights, in their first game at BC.

“I was really proud of them,” Dahl said about her freshmen’s first college performance.

“We tried to do everything we could to keep them mellow and chilled about the whole thing and some of them had a few nerves in the first half, but the second half it just went away.”

Freshman guard Tarver went down with less than six minutes left in the game with an ankle injury.

Coach Dahl said that her status is unknown.

The injury didn’t appear to look serious, as Tarver who scored eleven points for the Renegades was able to walk herself to the locker room after the game.

BC is scheduled to host Santa Monica College on Nov. 21. BC is also scheduled to play in two more tournaments this month.