By Aaron Turner
Although some eyes may have been looking forward to the Jan. 28 showdown against Foothill College, the City College women’s basketball team first had to take care of business at home against the Coast Conference’s last place squad, the Las Positas Hawks.
Freshman point guard Hallie Meneses led the way for the Rams with 13 points, while forwards Shawnte Taylor and Samantha Hunkin added 12 and 10 respectively, and City College rolled to a 70-37 blowout Jan. 21 at the Wellness Center.
For the Rams (18-5, 5-1), it was a simply a mismatch on the court, both in size and execution. Never trailing in the game, at one point they led by 37 points.
Las Positas’ lone bright spot came from the contributions of freshman guard Taylor Borba, who led all scorers with 16 points.
City College jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, holding the Hawks to only 16 first half points and forcing over 20 turnovers.
After the game, Rams head coach Jamie Hayes said she was glad her team didn’t fall victim to complacency.
“Obviously, that’s something that is always a concern,” Hayes said. “We set some goals tonight, things we want to continue to be consistent with, so that was hopefully part of what we solved tonight.”
This marked the fifth straight double-digit victory for the Rams as they remain a half game behind first place Foothill in the Coast Conference North.
“Coach expected us to go out strong and play how we always play,” sophomore forward Tierney Jones said. “We knew what to expect, and did what we needed to do.”
Hayes and company will now have until Jan. 28 to prepare for league rival Foothill, a team that has already beat them twice this season. Both of those losses were decided by a combined nine points, the most recent being a conference loss at Foothill on Jan. 5.
With a win Jan. 28, the Rams can force a tie atop the Coast Conference, before being able to finish the season with a favorable schedule for their last four games.
Foothill meanwhile will face Chabot, Skyline, and College of San Mateo at home for three of their last five games of the season. Coming into the Jan. 28 matchup, The Owls have won 15 straight games, dating back to the beginning of December.
Jones summed up the Rams’ mindset as they prepare to renew their conference rivalry.
“We’ve had the whole week to practice,” she said. “And we’re just really looking forward to beating them.”