By Shannon Cole
The Rams women’s basketball season came to a disappointing end on March 11 as they lost their Final Four match up to the East Los Angeles College Huskies 47-51 in the California Community College Athletics Association’s (CCCAA) playoff basketball tournament.
City College entered the CCCAA tournament as Northern California region’s top seed – a reputation built on a lineup deep with offensive talent. But in their final game, the Rams made only two of their twenty-two 3-point attempts. The large leads normally present in Rams games were also missing, the Rams’ only lead of the game was a mere three points. Despite their best efforts, the Rams’ sloppy passes and missed rebounds eventually cost them the game.
Sophomore center Danielle Palmer led the team with 13 points and freshman guard Gabrielle Vigil racked up 11, but their exceptional scoring alone could not match the efforts of the Huskies team, which stayed out of foul trouble and took advantage of the Rams’ nineteen turnovers.
Despite the devastating end to his team’s stellar season, head coach Derek Lau told City College’s athletics staff that he’s proud of what his team has accomplished and looks forward to the Rams’ next chance to make a championship run.
“We have higher expectations now. We made it to the Final Four,” Lau said. “Our freshmen know what they need to do to make it to the final game… We have a solid core coming back, and we expect to be back there.”
After taking on the Rams, the Huskies lost to the Mount San Antonio College Mounties in a 55-57 nailbiter title game. The win is the Mounties’ seventh women’s basketball title.
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