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Women's college basketball: Cougars catching on

COC wins fifth straight behind Weaver’s 30 points

Posted: February 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons guard Bev Weaver (4) eyes the basket for a layup in front of Bakersfield College’s Emilee Parks on Saturday at COC. Weaver led all scorers in the game with 30 points in COC’s 89-67 win.

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College of the Canyons women’s basketball is catching fire at the right time.

And the team’s sudden spark coincides directly with the return of sophomore guard Bev Weaver from an injury.

Her latest contribution was a 30-point performance in an 89-67 win over Bakersfield College on Saturday at COC.

“She adds a dimension that we don’t have when she’s not here,” said COC head coach Greg Herrick of Weaver, who made six 3-pointers. “(She has) the ability to make the three on a consistent basis.”

Bakersfield came into the day one game ahead of COC for first place in the Western State Conference, South Division.
Now, the Cougars (15-10, 5-3) are tied at the top and riding a five-game winning streak.

During the streak — which began the same game Weaver returned after missing three weeks with an injury — COC has averaged 83.4 points per game.

On Saturday, the Cougars showcased their typical run-and-gun offense, which took advantage of sloppy play by the Renegades (13-8, 6-3).

COC got off to a hot start shooting and used it to go on a 16-2 run, building a 31-11 lead by the 11:03 mark of the first half.

Despite 35 offensive rebounds in the game, Bakersfield struggled from the field all day and never mounted much of a comeback attempt.

“We were a little uptight in the first half. Just a little bit,” said Bakersfield head coach Paula Dahl. “Then we played a little better in the second half, but I knew College of the Canyons was playing well coming into this.”

Despite losing the overall rebounding battle 58-50, COC used a balanced offensive attack that scored inside as well as from long range to reach an 48-27 halftime lead.

Angelica Sahagun scored 20 points for the Cougars, Hart High graduate Amanda Ajdari added 18 and Jazzmyn Davis recorded a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

COC was unable to build on its lead much in the second half, but the Renegades never got closer than 12 points when they trailed 76-64 with 4:17 to play.

It was a sloppy all-around game for both teams, with a total of 35 turnovers and a plethora of missed baskets.

“Thank God we went up by 20 early,” Herrick said.

Bakersfield had an especially rough day, shooting just 27 percent from the field and going 2-for-22 from 3-point range.

“That’s kind of where we are right now,” Dahl said. “We were draining (threes) in the beginning, and now we’re not.”

Brittany Smith led the Renegades with 22 points and Madison Tarver finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

With three conference games left, the Cougars can clinch a top-two finish and a playoff spot by winning out.


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