By Brandon Landrum |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB women’s basketball team split their two game road trip in Northern California this past weekend.
The Coyotes played the Gators of CSU San Francisco on Jan. 17 and the Seawolves of CSU Sonoma on Jan. 18 as part of their two game road trip.
Friday night, the Coyotes visited “The Swapp” as they played their first game in San Francisco against the Gators.
The Coyotes played a tough and physical game, however the outcome was not in their favor as they lost 49-58.
In the first half, the Coyotes got off to a slow start, but the ladies quickly fixed their mistakes and bounced back to go into halftime trailing 26-34.
They got back into the game by limiting turnovers and playing smart on both sides of the ball.
The top performers for Coyotes were sophomore guard Alexcia Mack and senior guard Trindee Trice, Mack and Trice scored nine and seven points respectively.
In addition, sophomore forward Adriana Brodie led all players with nine rebounds that she recorded in the first half.
In the second half, the Coyotes carried out a good run and fought hard to get back into the game, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Gators.
The Coyotes suffered a loss to the Gators 48-59, ending their two game winning streak.
“We stuck together and didn’t let up despite our past,” said Mack.
After the defeat, the Coyotes looked to regroup the next night against the Seawolves.
During Saturday’s game the Coyotes traveled to Rohnert Park to take on the Seawolves.
In the first half, the Coyotes managed to get off to a quick start and never looked back.
Their ability to get the free throw line proved to be a deciding factor in the game.
The top performer at the half was Brodie scoring eight points and Trice right behind her with seven points.
The Coyotes went into halftime leading 26-21 on the Seawolves.
In the second half, the Coyotes kept the momentum going, as they continued to score baskets and crash the boards to get the offensive and defensive rebounds.
The Coyotes had a very strong defense throughout the game with steals and blocks forcing turnovers that led to easy baskets.
The Seawolves tied the game three times, but never took a lead.
The largest lead for the Coyotes was 22 points in the second half.
With the team effort, the Coyotes managed to pull away and beat the Seawolves 66-45.
“We played together for 40 minutes and never let up,” said Mack.
To lead all scorers, Brodie ended up with a game high of 14 points and seniors Jazzmyn Davis and Tayllor Gipson contributed with 12 points.
Beginning a new winning streak, the Coyotes plan to extend it more in the next two games.
The next two games will be held at home on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 against the Lumberjacks of Humboldt State University and the Broncos of California Polytechnic Pomona.
The Coyotes plan to continue their winning ways and eventually move up three spots in California Collegiate Athletic Assocaition (CCAA), so make sure you come and support your Coyote women.