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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A hard way to end it all

Women’s basketball saw their season end with a loss to the Santa Monica College Corsairs, 76-53.

Head Coach James Couch said his team played better than they did in previous games.

“I think they played harder than in their last 15 games,” Couch said. “We haven’t scored 50 points in the last 10 games.”

The team came into this game losing against the West LA College Wildcats 84-32. Vanessa Galvez led the game for the team with 17 points. She also made six three pointers out of her eight attempts.

Galvez in this game also led in points for the team, scoring five more points than she did against the Wildcats. She also had three assists and a steal. Amber Pope also had the same stats as Galvez.

Diana Kohanzad and Adriana Penate also led the game in points for the team with 13 and 12 respectively.

Penate played her last game for the team and she evaluated her performance.

“I felt I did great. It was my last game. So I tried to play hard,” Penate said.

Penate also gave insight on what the team can improve on for next season.

“We have to run the place. We have to learn to share the ball,” Penate said. “We need to play more hard.”

The team suffered a lot of turnovers in the game, giving up the ball 21 times, six more than the Corsairs.

The Brahmas had better efficiency in the three points department scoring 10 out of the 16 shots they had. The Corsairs only scored six out of their 18 attempts.

From the free throw line, SMC scored six in their 12 tries. The Brahmas scored only five, but in 18 attempts.

The Brahmas led the game in rebounds with 41, eight more than the Corsairs.

Corsairs’ head coach Lydia Strong said the Brahmas played much better than before. The previous game ended 73-52 in favor of SMC.

Jessica Melamed had 28 points for the Corsairs and Strong said she played well especially being her last game for the team.

“She is pretty much our whole team. It was Sophomore night so it was her last game and were really happy she played well,” Strong said.

Strong has her eyes set on next season and her only goal is for the team to get more wins.

Couch gave his evaluation on the season, saying things didn’t go as he expected.

“It wasn’t what I thought it would be. I thought we were going to be competing for the league,” Couch said. “But of course we lost players, so when we lost players it changed our team chemistry and we had to constantly change that.”

Couch says anyone can improve and is proud of the players that remained on the team.

“We can improve anyone. Vanessa lowered her turnovers from 15 to seven. I’m really proud of these seven girls and our two sophomores,” Couch said.

The Roundup is the student-run news outlet at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif.

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