By Uriel Ortega |Staff Writer|
Coach Renee Jimenez’s Coyotes rallied back for her 100th win against the Cal State East Bay Pioneers at the Coussoulis arena on Saturday.
For women’s basketball it was looking like another defeat for the underdog in the first half, as they struggled to slow down the Pioneers.
Pioneers guard, Stephanie Lopez, was the leading scorer as she picked apart the Coyotes and finished the first half with two three-pointers.
However, the Coyotes kept fighting back as guard, Briana Baker, stole the ball for a fast break layup and narrowed the score to a 32-23 deficit lead by the Pioneers.
With three seconds left in the first half and a turn over by East Bay, senior, Trinidee Trice, puts up a jumper to finish off the half as the Coyotes found themselves down by 10 points to end the half.
This gave the Coyotes life and fired up the team’s bench as they went into the looker room down but not out.
Even though the Pioneers dominated the first half, the Coyotes never let up and “Came out guns blazing,” said coach Renee Jimenez.
The ladies came out very aggressive on defense duirng the second half.
However, the Coyotes continued to struggle being down as much as 19 points, as the Pioneers offense of assault would not let up.
With ten minutes left in the game senior, Jazzmyn Davis, puts up a jumper, which would be her first of 13 points in the second half.
This gave the Coyotes the spark they needed and got them started on their way.
After a fast break and a layup by senior guard, Tayllor Gipson, the Pioneers would take a timeout to slow down the Coyotes’ momentum.
After the time out, the Coyotes would force turnovers and make an impressive stand on defense.
Their intensity and confidence grew as coach Jimenez had told her girls to, “stay together as a team and maintain those runs and will win the game.”
With 3:25 left in the game the Coyotes went on a 20-6 run and tied the game at 60 with a jumper by Mack.
The Pioneers would continue to fight back.
Although Davis would regain the lead for the Coyotes by hitting a jumper followed by a pair of free throws.
The game was coming down to the wire and the Coyotes defense would continue to be the resilient, “Our staple is our defense,” said Jimenez.
With only 32 seconds left, the cheers and yelling of fans was in full suspense.
As sophomore, Alexcia Mack, would solidify the game by hitting all six of her free throws for a 71-64 victory.
The game was a second half thriller with an all out defensive effort.
“A lot of energy from our defense is what essentially won us the game tonight,” said Jimenez as the women’s basketball get their second straight win.
Coach Jimenez commented on how proud she was of the girls, “Our record does not indicate the type of team we are by far.”
The Coyotes look to build from a strong weekend and continue with the momentum, and take on any other team that would stand in their way.
Come out and show your school spirit and support our Coyote women’s team.