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COC women's hoops: Pure dominance

Cougars women’s basketball routs Bakersfield for 15th straight victory

Posted: February 6, 2010 11:31 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons guard Kelli Lewis (5) shoots a layup as Bakersfield defender Ashlee Taira (55) looks on Saturday at College of the Canyons. Lewis finished with 21 points.

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A free-throw shooting clinic it was not, as the College of the Canyons women's basketball team missed 22 shots from the charity stripe Saturday night.

Now that we have the negative out of the way, the Cougars were positively dominant in just about every other phase of the game in a 93-50 victory over Bakersfield College at COC.

The win marked the Cougars' 15th in a row.

The state's 18th ranked team had five girls score in double figures, led by point guard Kelli Lewis, who scored 21 points and dished out seven assists.

"I just really wanted to play well. I wanted a positive atmosphere instead of (Cougars head coach Greg Herrick) yelling and being mad," Lewis said - half-joking, half serious.

The game was never in doubt.

College of the Canyons (18-4, 8-0) jumped out to a 17-0 lead.

Bakersfield (8-14, 3-6) didn't score until the 12:45 mark of the first half, when freshman swing player Alexi Smith hit a hook shot.

The Cougars had trouble containing the 6-feet-tall freshman, who scored 14 of the Renegades' 21 first-half points.

She scored a team-high 19 points.

But by halftime, the Cougars were up 50-21, having forced 18 first-half turnovers, while only coughing up the ball three times.

Smith fouled out with 9:09 to play in the game and the Cougars leading 77-35.

"They were definitely a fast team." Smith said of the Cougars.

And they kept attacking on both ends of the floor.

From the 11-minute mark in the second half to the 4:25 mark, Bakersfield was held scoreless.

Meanwhile, COC kept expanding its lead.

Lewis may have paced the team early, scoring 16 points in the first half, but the Cougars shared the load on offense.

Ashley Mason scored 20 points off the bench, Ashley Wakefield scored 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds, Joslynn Frazier also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Tera McKelvey added 10 points.

Only four regular-season games remain for the perennial playoff team, and a Western State Conference South Division title is in sight.

At the beginning of the season, Herrick threw out doubt about his team, which the Cougars have used as a rallying cry.

His program has seen past success in the postseason, as it has reached the state tournament five times in his 18 seasons.

The question is, can it get back?

"Can we make a run? It would be a long shot," Herrick said. "But I'm not going to underestimate these people anymore."


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