By Abdiel Aguayo |Staff Writer|
Coyote women’s basketball wins the weekend!
After losing five straight games, giving the team a record of 10-10, the Coyotes won two games in a row. One against Stanislaus State Warriors and the other against Chico State Wildcats. Both games were won by more than 10 points.
With three games left in the regular season, the Coyotes have a good chance at heading into the CCAA tournament on a high note.
On Feb. 12, the Stanislaus State Warriors came to visit the Coussoulis Arena to play the Coyotes.
The Coyotes and the Warriors would have a close and hard fight through most of the game. After the close competition in the first half, the Coyotes would only be ahead by four points.
In the second half, both Stanislaus and San Bernardino would score 20 points each. The score was still close at 50 to 54 in favor of CSUSB.
However, the story would change dramatically in favor of the Coyotes.
At the 7:47 mark, the Warriors Cassidy Sanders-Curry would make a 3-point shot, which closed the lead to 60-59 in the Coyotes favor.
The Warriors would only make one more basket for the rest of the night.
The next time the Warriors did make a basket, it would be almost 7 minutes later.
By then, the Coyotes had already scored 15 more points.
With 49 seconds left, Stanislaus State would make a jump shot, 12 seconds later the Coyotes would make one of their own.
That would be the last basket made to end the game with the Coyotes winning 77-61.
Four Coyotes had double digit points. Two seniors on the team lead by example scoring more than 20 points each. Alexcia Mack led with 23 and Chelsea Austin had 21 points.
They had help by two others, Brianna Harden finished with 12 points and Chelsea Barnes had 10.
The Coyotes shot 90 percent from the free throw line, taking advantage of the opportunities by making 9 out of 10.
Spot on shooting in the second-half helped pull the Coyotes ahead, making 60 percent of their shots and an even more impressive 75 percent of their three point attempts.
The Feb. 13 game for the Coyotes would be very similar to the previous night. Taking on the Cal State Chico Wildcats was no easy task.
The Coyotes would be out scored through a large part of the game.
Once again, the Coyotes would rally together in the end. Down by eight points, it would take the Coyotes just over four minutes to take the lead back from the Wildcats and keep it the rest of the game.
At the 5:59 mark, Barnes made a jump shot to put the Coyotes up by one. She notably also had 18 points for the night, along with Adriana Brodie.
This would seal a victory for the Coyotes with a final score of 68 – 57. With this win, the Coyotes improve their record to 12 and 10 overall.
The lady Coyotes only have two games left scheduled for their regular season, followed by the CCAA Tournament.