SRJC women cruise past San Jose City College 60-45


The Santa Rosa JC women’s team, No. 1 seed in the CCCAA Northern Regionals, started down the path they hope will lead to a state championship by defeating San Jose City College, 60-45, Saturday night in Haehl Pavilion.

The Bear Cubs didn’t allow the No. 16 seed to think about an upset as they opened the game by making seven-of-10 shots while racing to a 15-5 lead.

The Jaguars never recovered.

Next up will be No. 8 San Francisco. That game will be Wednesday night at Haehl.

Players from Redwood Empire high schools scored all 60 points against San Jose.

Leading the way was Anandi Jiminez (Montgomery). She came off the bench to score 16.

“I was happy with the way I played,” she said. “I was in a funk earlier in the season, so having a game like this feels good. It was a good team effort.”

The 5-foot-11 sophomore scored five straight points late in first half after the Jaguars narrowed the lead to 24-20. The advantage would grow to 34-22 at intermission and stay in double digits throughout the second half.

Other scorers for SRJC were: Whitney Edens (Cloverdale), 10; Stephanie Sack (Casa Grande) and Arianna Hanson (Rincon Valley Christian), eight; Madison Sowards (Maria Carrillo) and Holly Cramer (Rancho Cotate), six; McKenzie Mangino (Ursuline), four, and Skyler Olsen (Kelseyville), two.

Coach Lacey Campbell feels her team is improving, even at this late date.

“We’ve had players out with injuries all season and haven’t had the whole team together very often,” she said. “We’re finally starting to get healthy and getting better.

“We’ve been working on taking better shots and we did that against San Jose. Also, the girls are buying into playing team defense. The farther a team goes in this tournament, the more important defense becomes.”

Campbell knows what it takes to travel the tourney path successfully.

She led a Bear Cubs team to the state title in 2011.

San Jose was able to make only 30 percent of its shots (18-of-61).

In the second half, when SRJC went to a trapping press, the Jaguars committed 14 turnovers.

Aiwekhoe Okungbowa, who came in averaging 22 points, was held to 17. The guard scored 37 in last Wednesday’s opening round win over Laney.

Santa Rosa made 47 percent of its shots in the first half and finished the game with a 39 percent average.

San Jose coach Terri Oberg thinks the Bear Cubs will make a deep run in the tourney.

“We tried a zone defense and man-to-man against them,” she said. “They move the ball so well, we couldn’t stop them.

“They were just too good.”

Santa Rosa’s record is now 25-6 while San Jose finished at 12-17.

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