By Shyneese Walter |Staff Writer|
Women’s basketball is finally back on track.
They defeated both the Cal State Los Angeles Eagles and the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros, which not only ended their losing streak but began a winning streak as well.
The two-headed monster that is Angela Streets and Eliza Dy once again displayed their talents against the Toros, scoring more than half of the team’s points.
Streets led the Lady Coyotes with 24 points and Dy followed closely behind with 22 points.
“Right now there is no secret in knowing they need to play well for us to win, especially knowing the lack of depth,” said head coach Kevin Becker.
Both players were clutch down the stretch against the Eagles, as they each contributed key shots, free throws and rebounds.
It was evident that the Lady Coyotes felt they had something to prove against the Eagles.
“For me the Cal State L.A. game meant a lot because we lost to them in the beginning of this season and we had to get them back,” said Streets.
This was a big accomplishment for a team who had previously been on a four-game losing streak.
“It has been difficult to find the depth since Jessica De la Cruz went down, but the team pulled together in a big way to sweep the weekend,” said Becker. “Overall, the team felt really good about coming out this weekend with two wins.”
Streets, a shining spot for the Lady Coyotes this season, was satisfied with her team’s effort.
“All the dedication it finally paid off this weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of my team and the hard work they have been putting in,” said Streets.
Going into their weekend series, the Lady Coyotes were focused on their offensive game plan, defensive intensity and mental game.
They definitely responded offensively against the Eagles by nailing nine three-pointers.
“We really stuck to our game plan that we have been using. Trying to play strong man defense, mix in a little zone defense when we can, rebound, try to shoot in the high 30 percent field goal percentage, and of course take care of the ball,” said Becker. “This group has continued to work hard and learn in practice every day.”
Becker was pleased with the contributions his team received from Jaslyn Cosey and Brianna Baker as well. He stressed the importance of their contributions and expressed his desire to continuously see them improve.
The team hopes to keep this momentum going into their next few games. Winning two games may not be something to brag about, but getting back to winning is definitely a step in the right direction for the Lady Coyotes.
Having lost their last five meetings against the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters, the team is focused on retribution.
With revenge on their minds, they hope to give the Otters everything they can handle and come out with a victory.
Having faced true adversity, the Lady Coyotes have found a way to come together as a team and have found answers, at least for the time being.