‘Yotes miss chance to advance

CSUSB continued to strive for victoryas the Women’s basketball team advancedto tournament play, alas that drive ended inthe first round.

The Lady ‘Yotes were selected tocompete in the 2011 NCAA Division II West Region Tournament held at KelloggGym at Cal Poly Pomona in which theylost the their opening game of the tournament71-43, ending this year’s season.

Under the direction of head coachKevin Becker, the team was eager to participatein the tournament again for thefourth consecutive year.

The rewardingfeeling of being one of the only teams stillcompeting was enough to spark the fi ght inthe players, despite coming up short “Heading into the tournament, I think we just want to meet all expectations andstay focused and consistent. This is oursecond chance coming out of the CCAA tournament. We need to be in it to win it,”said Senior guard Sabrina Gonzalez.

Even though the team lost, this season showed a very coordinated team.

“We handle our business on the courtand we play really well together. We supporteach other and are close,” said Gonzalez. The Lady ‘Yotes were led by EishaSheppard, Danielle Shows and Gonzales;who have shown their drive and hard workthroughout the season.

Despite the season ending without atournament win, their hard work is evidentboth on and off the court leading not onlyto the NCAA berth but individual awardsas well.Sheppard was very proud to be namedto the first team All-CCAA as well as secondteam All-West Region collectives.

These attributes continue to fuel her determinationand winning spirit.

“When I heard I won the awards, I wasshocked and glad. It made me feel good toknow my work was being noticed,” said Sheppard.

“People called and congratulatedme even before I knew I had won.”

Gonzalez, along with Shows, alsogained honors for the second team All-CCAA honors.


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