Brahmas make a statement in opener

Brahmas make a statement in opener

The women’s basketball team dominated in their season opener against El Camino City College on Nov 3, winning 96-37.

The Brahmas played an aggressive press defense from the opening buzzer.

Head Coach Thara Innocent said the players followed her gameplan.

“We played hard, we were aggressive, we picked up the intensity, we did everything I’m asking them to do,” Innocent said.

Innocent rotated the starters often to keep their stamina fresh.

“There’s still some things that we do need to work on as far as defense and offense as well,” Innocent said. “But I feel as a whole we did good.”

Innocent said the team philosophy going into the game was to play intensely from tip-off and keep the momentum.

“Play hard and do what you’re supposed to do,” Innocent said.

Forward Tijera Henry scored 15 points on seven of eight field goals and a three-pointer to go along with 12 rebounds and two assists.

Tijera Henry (left) jumps for the tip-off at the start of the women’s basketball season opener against El Camino College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Nov. 3. The Brahmas won 96-37. Photo by Benjamin Hanson.

Henry said she was proud of the team.

“I think we played hard today,” Henry said. “It’s a big improvement from last year. We never put up 96 points.”

Henry said she focused on improving her skills as a leader over the offseason.

“I did the individual stats, and this year I’m all about my team and winning,” Henry said.

By the end of the first half, the Brahmas were up 53-16.

Guard Derricka Millinghaus, who also scored 15 points, said she had a tough game mentally but was glad the team pulled out a win. She was able to keep from getting too complacent.

“We’re winning so there’s no point in getting down,” Millinghaus said.

The Brahma’s will take part in the West La Wild West Shootout on Friday, Nov. 10.

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