Women’s basketball secures its first win

Kyle Cortez, Managing Editor

The Bakersfield College women’s basketball team (1-5 overall) won its first game of the season against Victor Valley 87-60 on Nov. 22, after losing its first five games of the season.

The Renegades opened up their season with a loss to Riverside City College 86-73 on Nov. 3.

Octavia Croney led the Renegades with 19 points. Marissa Figueroa and Kennedy Nielson were the only other players to score in double figures for the Renegades. BC shot 31.3 percent (26-83) from the field and only 20.8 percent (5-24) from three-point range. The Renegades also only hit 44.4 percent (16-36) of their free throws and they were outrebounded by Riverside 73-44.

BC lost to Pasadena City College 70-51 on Nov.4. Figueroa was the only Renegade to score more than 10 points.

The Renegades struggled shooting, only shooting 27.7 percent (18-65) from the field and 23.8 percent (5-21) from three-point range.

BC also only made 47.6 percent (10-21) of their free throws and was once again outrebounded 62-31.

The Renegades then lost to Rio Hondo College 63-49 on Nov.11. Figueroa was once again the only Renegade to score in double figures. BC’s shooting woes continued with a 29.2 (21-72) shooting percentage from the field and a 19.2 (5-26) shooting percentage from three-point range. BC was outrebounded for the third straight game 49-34.

BC then lost to Cerritos College 87-71 on Nov.12.

MacKenzie Tevelde led the Renegades with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

BC shot 34.4 percent (22-64) from the field and 34.8 percent (8-23) from three-point range. Cerritos shot 50.0 percent (29-58) from the field and 58.8 percent (10-17) from three-point range. Cerritos outrebounded BC 53-34.

BC then lost a close one to Santa Ana College 72-67 on Nov. 19.

The Renegades were led by Nielson, who had 19 points and four steals.

BC was able to shoot over 40 percent for the first time this season, shooting 43.1 percent (28-65) from the field. Santa Ana outrebounded BC 44-30.

“Defensively, my team has been doing a great job. We really disrupt our opponents forcing lots of steals and turnovers. Our nemesis has been turning those into buckets. Against Santa Ana, we really turned the corner offensively and had several lead changes in the game. All five teams were very strong programs. Our defense will continue to get better and we need to value our possessions and need to do a much better job on the boards. Last night was huge for us. We had the lead from the beginning. I am excited for the rest of the season,” said head coach Paula Dahl.