Depth a role for women’s team

Amber Hayden

Mohamed Bafakih, Sports Editor

Sitting in the middle of a three-way tie for second place in the Western State Conference – South Division, the Renegades women’s basketball team (16-4 overall, 5-3 WSC) is working to continue moving up despite dropping two spots to 13 in the Feb. 2 South Region rankings poll.

The women’s team, just like the men’s, have also hit a rough patch as they look to build on a recent 73-66 victory over L.A. Valley (10-13, 3-5) towards the remainder of the season.

Bakersfield changed their starting lineup a bit against the Monarchs as Rosebrooke Hunt and Yoemma Esparza were replaced by McKaiela Tyler and Khiylah Dean, who scored 12 and nine points apiece.

Nearly all starters were in double-figures and nearly outscored the entire Monarchs team (66-61).

“We just want to keep everything as competitive as we possibly can, and I think you’re going to see lineups switching up a lot… the switch-up allowed everybody to have a great game,” head coach Paula Dahl said.

Although the Renegades have been road warriors with a 4-1 conference road record, they are just 1-2 here at home, but BC will host West L.A. on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. and Citrus on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. inside Gil Bishop Gymnasium.

“Our next six games, four of them are at home,” Dahl said. “I’ll address that with the team what we need to do to be prepared to take care of business at home and shut out any external factors that may be having an impact on us.”