Seniors move on as women’s basketball falls short of playoffs

By Shyneese Walter |Staff Writer|

After finishing their season with an overall record of 9-17, a few players on the women’s basketball team have found themselves trading in their basketball gear for business attire.

Seniors Angela Streets and Jessica Dela Cruz, who had great seasons, hung up their sneakers and will be picking up their heels as their collegiate basketball careers ended Feb. 24 with a loss to Humboldt State.

This season has been a rollercoaster for the Coyotes as it has provided many highs and lows.

“With such a young team, we came quite a ways in terms of development, and were definitely a competitive team,” said head coach Kevin Becker. “We could not overcome the health and injury situations, and just did not have enough depth to get over the top in some of the close games we played.”

Becker and his team have had a lot of great memories this season.

His most memorable moment of this season was beating the Otters in Monterey Bay on their Senior Night.

That was a huge accomplishment for the Coyotes.

“It was a credit to the team to win in front of a big crowd against the second place team, especially after the tough loss to them last year in the CCAA Tournament,” said Becker.

Much like her coach, Streets regards her team’s victory over the heavily favored Otters as her most memorable moment  this season.

“That night was a great feeling for my team and me. I was so happy to finally beat them,” said Streets.

The Coyotes were close to making it to the CCAA playoffs but fell short on the final weekend of the season.

“Given the fact we were decimated by health and injuries with no real depth on the bench, I believe we competed every night in the CCAA,” said Becker. “Teams knew that they had to be prepared to play us, and we were in the chase for a playoff spot up until the final game, but came up short.”

Now that the season is over there are many options for the seniors.

Streets hopes to wrap up her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology by fall 2012, and possibly enter the U.S. Air Force.
Jessica Dela Cruz already has her bachelor’s degree in sociology and is working on a minor in psychology. She plans to graduate this spring and land a job.

“Both are graduating and looking at options for the future. It is a tough environment out there now for all, especially college graduates looking to land their first job,” said Becker.

Coach Becker has a lot of plans for next season, and wants to take advantage of the young talent that will be returning.

“We need to address some key areas. Improved post game, overall rebounding, shooting and three-point shooting.   These are the areas we will be addressing to improve for next season,” said Becker.

Coach Becker will be looking for new players to add to his team and improve his system all around.

Overall this season has been a learning experience for the players.

Becker hopes that what he instills in his players will allow them to be successful not only on the hardwood, but in life as well.

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