Women’s basketball eliminated in second round

By Marc Anthony Martinez

Women’s basketball lost a back-and-forth nailbiter to No. 4 seeded Orange Coast College on Saturday 81-73 at OCC.

Head Coach Bruce Turner said they gave up points and turnovers because they were missing assignments by not being at the right spots.

The Huskies had 25 turnovers to Orange Coast’s 11.

“Turnovers and missed assignments… that’s the thing that hurt us most,” Turner said.

The Huskies had 45 rebounds against Orange Coast who had 34 rebounds.

Makai Smith led the team with her 17 rebounds, and Asiah Harris had five total rebounds.

“We did a pretty good job at the rim, with Smith, (Sasha) Cappers and Harris protecting the rim. The 3-point ball killed us tonight,” Turner said.

Orange Coast made a lot of 3-pointers in the third quarter which gave them a 13-point lead, but the Huskies made a comeback.

“We didn’t pick up the 3-point shooters,” Turner said.

The Huskies defense kept them in the game as they were able to tie the score at 65 with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter.

The Huskies were able to stay with Orange Coast until the end of the game. They started fouling to try and catch up, which gave Orange Coast the eight-point victory.

“We kind of did it to ourselves. Two-point game. Both teams playing all out,” Turner said.

Coach Turner was proud of his team and knew they had what it took to beat Orange Coast. He knew they played the best they could and left everything on the court.

“They gave us everything they had,” Turner said. Guadalupe Vazquez had 30 points, two rebounds, five assists and one steal. She was the leading scorer of the game.

Makia Smith had a double-double with 23 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Vazquez and Smith were two of the three top scorers of the game. Orange Coast’s guard Ashari Cassell was the second top scorer with 24 points.

The Huskies advanced to the second round by defeating No. 20 College of the Canyons 93-78 in Santa Clarita on Feb.28.

Vazquez had a double-double scoring 49 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

“I knew it was the playoffs, and I had to go off. I had to do what I had to do,” Vazquez said.

She said that she was happy about the win and scoring that much, but she wanted 50 points.

“I’m a bit of a perfectionist. The fact that I couldn’t have 50 (points) ticks me off. I’m happy we won,” Vazquez said.

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