Women’s basketball off to a slow start in 13′

Jason Reed, Reporter


Still trying to find their stride in the early going of the season, the Bakersfield College women’s basketball team dropped another game and fell to 1-4 on the season.

BC’s latest loss came Nov. 26 against Santa Ana College. BC fell 93-78 to the Dons and they dealt BC its fourth consecutive loss. The Renegades also lost 100-83 to Santa Barbara City College on Nov. 19.

Freshman guard Claesey Tarver scored a season high 22 points to lead the Renegades and added three steals against Santa Ana. Dakota Oliver and Leigha Moland combined for 23 points off the bench to go along with 19 rebounds.

The Renegades, however, shot a lot better from the three-point line, going 6-for-15. BC has shot 20 percent of the season from long distance and 34 percent overall.

Ashley Whisler led Santa Ana with 29 points on 7-for-13 shooting and 11-for-12 at the free-throw line. Jazmine Johnson assisted her with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Earlier in the season BC head coach Paula Dahl said her team has lots of fundamentals to work on. The team still has a month to patch up the holes before conference play starts.

“We’ve got to have our kids geared up and ready to go,” Dahl said earlier in the season. “We can’t have some here one night and others here another night. We have a lot to work on, but we’ll get there.”

BC’s team height is an average of 5-foot-6 inches tall including three six-footers, but is shooting just 34 percent from the field and 52 percent at the free-throw line.

Another reason the Renegades are failing to string together wins are turnovers. BC is averaging 26.4 turnovers per game, including 34 in the game against Santa Ana. BC’s turnover and assist ratio is 15.6.

Throughout the first five games of the season, Moland and Tarver have led BC with 11 points per game. BC is averaging 67.4 points per game and has allowed 75.8 through five games.

The Renegades are scheduled to play in the Santa Ana Tournament Dec. 5-7.