Monday, January 11, 2010

Lady Bulldogs' late surge ran afoul of penalties

Sharon Ho
Issue Date: 1/11/09

CSM's Lady Bulldogs had victory snatched from their very jaws by visitors Foothill College 64-69 on Jan. 6, losing the game to two fouls made late in the game.

Foothill College dominated during the first half of the game, scoring 38 points to the Lady Bulldogs' 24 at the end of the first period.

Undeterred, the Lady Bulldogs led a surge in the second period, with No. 24 Erica Hayes scoring to close the gap 55-62 with three minutes left to the game.

Foothill Owls' No. 25 Ariel Castillo was hit hard while trying to stop Hayes. Castillo went down clutching her ribs but came back to play after taking a short break.

Lady Bulldogs No. 3 Jackie Orje's three-pointer scored CSM's lead 64-63, only for Foothill to counter with a two-pointer to steal the lead back 64-65.

Seconds later, the game had to be stopped when Hayes came down with cramps on her left leg.

The game resumed with the Lady Bulldogs trying to regain their lead and stop the Foothills Owl from scoring. Castillo was fouled twice by the Lady Bulldogs' defense and she went on to score four penalty points to win the game 64-69.

"Our defense almost won the game," said Lady Bulldogs head coach Michelle Warner. "(We) came up a little short."

"We picked up too late in the game," said Lady Bulldogs No. 21 Alexis Jenkins. "(We are) going to beat them at their house."

The Lady Bulldogs will play against Mission College next Wednesday Jan. 13 and will again play Foothill College in an away game on Jan. 29.

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