By Mike Sessions |Staff Writer|
After last year’s losing season of 13-14, CSUSB Women’s Basketball team was hopeful of turning things around during their exhibition match against NCAA Division I’s Loyola Marymount University, but fell 51-82.
The Lions played fairly decent at home during the 2012-13 season, winning nine of their 14 games at Gersten Pavilion. Pulling away with a 31-point win has to be a great sign of another great year in front of their home crowd.
The Coyotes are back to basics under new Head Coach, Renee Jimenez, the former coach at Cal State Monterey Bay for five seasons.
Kevin Becker, former coach for the Coyotes, resigned last season after a historic 17 years, which included four appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Now the reins are in Jimenez’s grasp, as she continues to polish her respected basketball resumé.
Despite the huge loss to the Lions, the Coyotes have great things to look forward to, such as their in guard, Alexcia Mack, a second-year out of Corona, Calif.
Last year, Mack had one of the greatest freshman starts at CSUSB after finishing with the greatest free throw percentage in school history, and also starting in every game but one.
On this night against the Lions, Mack contributed 20 points for the Coyotes, going 5-13 from the field, while also making the most of her free throw opportunities. Even with this, she was able to pull in five rebounds to go along with her stellar play.
The team as a whole; however, did not play to their potential, only shooting 21.7 percent from the field and bringing in a total of four assists.
The Lions ran away with the victory by dominating every category. They were able to score at 48.6 percent from the field, grab 53 rebounds and dish out a solid 22 assists to make it an all-around game for LMU.
Every player from the Lions stuck out, as 12 of the 15 players scored at least once and made an excellent case for what’s to come in the upcoming season.
If there was one player from the Lions that raised eyebrows, it was forward Melinda Gomez. She came off the bench and scored a team-high 12 points, not missing a single shot while also snatching four rebounds and getting a steal.
For the Coyotes, this exhibition game was a great chance to analyze things that they did right, and things they could improve.
To begin their regular season, they will be taking on the Cal Baptist Lancers, a tough team that finished solidly at 25-6 last season. This is the perfect game to utilize anything they’ve learned after the tough loss against LMU.
If you would like to support any of the team’s upcoming games, visit csusbathletics.com to view the team’s schedule.
With the added fuel to the fire, this is looking to be a year you will not want to miss in women’s basketball!