By Brandon Landrum |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB women’s basketball team cruised to their third straight victory against Sonoma State University.
On Friday, Feb. 21, the Coyotes hosted the Seawolves in the Cossoullis Arena with a welcoming crowd on Military Appreciation night.
Military Appreciation night is an event that CSUSB holds for all of the active and retired military veterans to show them that we appreciate their service to our country.
The Coyotes wanted to focus and earn the victory for their teammates and the military veterans.
In the first half, the Coyotes opened up the game playing aggressively on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.
The Coyotes’ defensive pressure was great, forcing the Seawolves to commit 12 turnovers and caused them to shoot poorly from the field.
Throughout the first half, rebounding was an important factor to getting an early lead. The Coyotes gathered a total of 32 rebounds.
Senior guard Tayllor Gipson helped the team on the rebounding side of the game by grabbing seven offensive rebounds.
Sophomore guard Alexcia Mack and sophomore forward Adriana Brodie led the pack in scoring for the first
earning 18 points combined.
Chances to make up for lost points were also important in the first half with the Coyotes scoring 20 points compared to the Seawolves not scoring any points.
At the end of the first half, the Coyotes led the Seawolves 35-13.
The Coyotes opened up the second half strong, keeping up the defensive intensity and scoring effectively on the offensive end.
Gipson continued her good play, adding seven points and four rebounds to her stat line.
The Coyotes got a lot of hustle points in the second half with scoring four fast break points and dominating the points in the paint with 14 points.
Mack, Brodie and junior guard Briana Baker scored four points each in the second half.
The Seawolves began to make an effort on the offensive end by outscoring and out rebounding the Coyotes.
The Coyotes put a stop to the turnovers and began to take control of the ball.
The Coyotes finished the game on a strong note earning the win over the Seawolves 58-47.
Mack finished the game scoring a game high of 14 points, followed by Brodie adding 12 points.
For the Seawolves, no player reached double digits in scoring, assists, and rebounding.
This was a great team win for the Coyotes as they all worked together win the game.
The Coyotes record improved to 8-15 on the season and in the CCAA conference the Coyotes are 7-13.
The Coyotes have improved to a 2-0 record over Sonoma State University this year and the Coyotes just dominated them in rebounding during both games.
Since the 2011-2012 season, the Coyotes have improved little by little and getting closer to being a top team in the CCAA again.
This marks a sad but memorable moment for the seniors as their time on the Coyote women’s basketball team comes to an end.
The team must now prepare for the off season as they try and improve their skills and chemistry for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.