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A Cougar clobber

COC ladies beat on Bakersfield from the get-go

Posted: February 5, 2009 2:03 a.m.
Updated: February 5, 2009 4:56 a.m.

College of the Canyons' Joslynn Frazier (22) jumps between a pair of Bakersfield players Wednesday at College of the Canyons.

College of the Canyons women’s basketball remained perfect in Western State Conference play Wednesday night with a 91-30 win over Bakersfield College at home.

The win was the ninth consecutive victory for COC (19-8, 8-0), while the loss ran the Renegades’ (3-20, 0-7) losing streak to 17.

“We came out there tonight and just tried to dominate,” said Cougar sophomore forward Charity Smith. “Our guards were getting me good shots, and I just had to knock them down.”

Knocking down shots was Smith’s specialty as she helped key a 21-0 COC run to open the game for the Cougars. For the game, Smith made all 10 of her shots from the field, compiling 21 points to lead the Cougars.

“Charity was great,” said COC head coach Greg Herrick. “She really worked inside and controlled the paint. I mean, imagine what kind of numbers she would have had if she had played as many minutes as she usually does.”

The Cougars defense stifled Bakersfield from the opening tip, coming up with nine first half steals as they built a 48-11 at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half as the aggressive Cougars came up with 15 more rips to finish the game with 24, led by four from Ashley Mason.

“We talked about playing to our own abilities and not to our opponent,” Herrick said. “Our transition defense was excellent and we were able to lock them down in the half court.”

Taquedia Brown led the way for Bakersfield with 12 points, but the Renegades shot 23 percent from the field and trailed by as many as 64.

“If we keep making our shots we’ll be in good shape,” Smith said. “Hopefully, we’ll keep improving on the inside too.”

Smith and teammate Ashley Wakefield, who scored 17 on the night, will have their next chances to keep making their shots Wednesday at West L.A.

Bakersfield is also scheduled to take on West L.A next in a tilt slated for Saturday.

“This was just another one of 12 (conference games) for us,” Herrick said. “We’re playing pretty hard right now. I almost wish we didn’t have a bye coming up because when you get a team playing like this you don’t want to lose this kind of momentum.”


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