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College women's basketball: Slow not in COC’s vocabulary

Cougars hoops team shakes off a sluggish start

Posted: January 12, 2011 10:40 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2011 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons’ Jazzmyn Davis, right, controls the ball against Bakersfield’s Gabi Morales Wednesday at COC.

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Enough was enough for College of the Canyons women’s basketball.

After a slow start, COC started tightening its defense, and the barrage of scoring followed suit.

The Cougars wore down a short-handed Bakersfield squad and ran away with an 83-49 win Wednesday night at COC to start 2-0 in Western State Conference play.

With just seven players suited up for the game, Bakersfield took advantage of the poor-shooting Cougars to take an 11-5 lead in the opening minutes.

The momentum began to shift as the Cougars man-to-man defense started to pay off in the form of steals and points off turnovers, which totaled 43 for COC.

“Transition is how we play,” said COC head coach Greg Herrick. “But we’ve got a long way to go to get to the level we want to be.”

In all, the Renegades coughed up the ball 32 times.

COC (13-6, 2-0) didn’t initially see success, which was partly due to missing two of its usual starters, Dominique Turner and Kalana Inemer, for the first few minutes for disciplinary reasons.

Both players eventually came into the game, but COC began its runaway before that.

“We started panicking with the ball, and basically what happened is they got back a lot and we weren’t ready for it,” said Bakersfield head coach Paula Dahl.

More specifically, COC guard Tinky Dahte got back to the block several times and got herself in position for easy transition layups.

Dahte tied for the game high with 19 points along with teammate Jazzmyn Davis.

“They rely on that running game and they killed us,” Dahl said.

Bakersfield (3-11, 1-2), on the other hand, had its fair share of defensive stops, blocking 13 shots and contributing to the Cougars’ 23 turnovers.

“I know the score was convincing, but I don’t think we played very well honestly,” Herrick said.

The Cougars were also limited to just 39 percent shooting, but outshot the Renegades 87-56 in the contest.

As the tempo of the game picked up, COC’s offense was able to settle into a groove for a chunk of time at the end of the first half, leading to a 45-22 lead at the break.

The Cougars picked up where they left off in the second half, extending the lead to nearly 50 points midway through the period.

Bakersfield slightly closed the gap in the last few minutes.

“Those last five minutes, it was like a game of horse,” Herrick said of the decision-making.

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