By Marc Anthony Martinez
The women’s basketball team lost in their first South Coast Conference game on Wednesday to Pasadena City College, 71-66.
The Huskies played Pasadena, which is ranked 25 in the state and 11 in the South Region.
Before this loss, the Huskies were on a three-game win streak.
ELAC guard/forward Guadalupe Vazquez played for Pasadena previously and was their leading scorer before joining the Huskies this season.
Vazquez was the top scorer in the game with 31 points. She also had eight rebounds, three assists and one steal.
The Huskies had the first points of the game as Vazquez made a layup from an assist by forward Sasha Capers, making the score 2-0.
Pasadena then went on a 7-0 scoring run until forward Makaia Smith made a layup that brought the game to 7-4.
Smith was the Huskies second leading scorer behind Vazquez, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block.
The first quarter ended in a 14-14 tie as Vazquez made a layup with .01 left on the clock with another assist from Capers.
Capers led the team in assists with six to go along with her 14 rebounds and 8 points.
In the second quarter, Pasadena dominated the Huskies as they took the lead. They were up by 10 with 3:00 left in the second quarter.
The Huskies made a comeback before the end of the half, trailing by one point with 33-32.
Huskies forward/center Asiah Harris started the scoring in the third quarter, giving them the lead 34-33.
Harris was the team’s leading rebounder with 15.
Pasadena took the lead in the third quarter with 6:59 left to go and took it into the fourth quarter with 54-49.
Huskies point guard Si’Auna Hayden hurt her ankle during the second quarter and had to ice it. She was able to go back into the game and finish playing.
Vazquez tied it at 58 after she layed up a rebound from a missed shot by Harris.
Pasadena scored going up 60-58, then Vazquez made a 3-pointer putting the Huskies back in front 61-60.
Once Pasadena took the lead again with 2:53, they didn’t give it back up.
They were down by two with :40 left in the game at 66-68.
The Huskies turned the ball over two times in the last :26 of the game.
They were unsuccessful in making a comeback and had to foul Pasadena, putting their players at the free throw line.
The Huskies needed Pasadena to miss so they could get the ball back to score.
Pasadena didn’t miss, and the Huskies lost by five.