By Shyneese Walter |Staff Writer|
In the women’s basketball team recent loss to Monterey Bay, freshmen Briana Baker and Shayna Stuart did all they could for the Lady Coyotes.
Baker and Stuart both had their season highs in points as Baker contributed 11 points along with 5 rebounds, while Stuart added 10 points and 5 rebounds of her own.
Coach Kevin Becker said he believed this was a tough game for his team.
Briana and Shayna are both freshmen who are learning the system, but continue to make solid contributions.
Becker expressed his excitement over the fact that both freshmen played with great hustle and effort throughout the entire contest.
Although he was content with the effort his girls displayed against Monterey Bay, Becker wanted more out of his leading scorers, Eliza Dy and Angela Streets, who only had one basket between them.
Becker believes that in order to have a positive outcome and compete he needs a consistent performance from Eliza Dy and Angela Streets on a nightly basis.
Dy and Streets struggled with their field goal shooting throughout the game against Monterey Bay. Despite their hot shooting as of late, and the contribution of over 50 percent of the team’s field goals in the season, they combined for a dismal 1 for 21 shooting performance against Monterey Bay.
Dy ended the game with four points, shooting 1 of 17 from the floor, and Streets was 0 of 4 before she fouled out.
By half time the Lady Coyotes were down 31 to 22. They were able to slice into the Otters’ lead with a jumper from Stuart and a free throw from Streets.
At one point they were only within one basket of tying the game, but two free throws and a jumper from Shonetta Crain-Williams gave Monterey Bay a cushion that would prove to be enough.
Baker shooting 5 of 13 from the field and Stuart hitting 4 out of her 5 attempts kept the team close, but close wasn’t good enough.
The victory for Cal State Monterey Bay was their fifth straight against the CSUSB.
The Lady Coyotes are a very young team and are still learning the system but have settled down lately and have begun playing lock down team defense
In some of their close losses, they have not shot the ball very well.
“When Eliza and Angela shoot well, we can present some problems for the opponent. We are not very deep on the bench right now due to some injuries so our top players have to show up, compete and be consistent,” said Becker.
With their season more than half way done, the women’s basketball team holds a 5-9 record overall.
Bekcer expressed their desire to remain positive for the rest of the season especially with two home games coming up.
Humboldt State and Sonoma State will be their next opponent.
Coach Becker feels that with hard work, a healthy roster and determined players, his team could still make some noise and potentially qualify for the CCAA Tournament.
The mountain is high, but these girls aren’t intimidated by the climb.