Women’s basketball dominates Cerritos, finds their rhythm

By Marc Anthony Martinez

The women’s basketball team found their rhythm and dominated in a 77-38 win against Cerritos College on Wednesday.

The Huskies led all game and looked good. They passed the ball well, took good shots and played defense better than they have been.

“We shared the ball much better. The ball moved like the old Huskies moved. We scored the ball and we shot better,” Head Coach Bruce Turner said.

The Huskies scored 20 points in the first quarter and held Cerritos to four points.

Husky Forward Makaia Smith had a good first quarter with six points and four rebounds.

Guard/forward Guadalupe Vazquez made five points, one rebound and one steal in the first quarter alone. She ended with 29 total points, one block, two steals, one assist and six rebounds.

Vazquez made seven out of ten 3-point attempts, and was 11 out of 19 overall.

“I was shooting well during practice. My teammates were giving it to me and finding me, so I felt good,” Vazquez said.

The second quarter was more of the same, dominating on both sides of the ball. They went into halftime with the lead 39-16.

After halftime, the Huskies continued their good play. Every time they got a rebound they ran down court, shot the ball and got offensive rebounds to keep the play going.

“We really didn’t have to run our offensive set tonight; we did a lot of things out of transition just moving the ball,” Turner said.

Being up by 35, the Huskies still played hard in the fourth having more rebounds, 19, than scored points, 14.

Overall, the Huskies had 53 total rebounds, 17 assists, eight steals and five blocks.

“Hopefully, it’s a continuation of something good to come,” Turner said.

The Huskies had 12 days off following the Okawa Classic showcase held at ELAC where they lost all three games played. During that time, they worked on their offense and defense. Injured players got healthy and all players worked on improving their game mentality.

“We played a really tough schedule this year,” Turner said.

The team continues to get better and hopes to keep this momentum going forward. They plan on getting better by practicing hard and working on cleaning up their mistakes.

Vazquez said to keep the momentum going the team has to stay positive and view mistakes as learning opportunities in order to keep playing at a high level.

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