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Arabs keep title hopes alive

February 08, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — Coming off consecutive Pacific Coast Conference losses, the Imperial Valley College women's basketball team needed a win against Grossmont College to stay alive in the PCC title race.

Despite a subpar second half, the Arabs downed the Griffins 63-50 here Wednesday.

For about 28 minutes IVC took it to Grossmont, building a 25-point lead, but the Arabs let up in the second half.

"That's just the way it's been all year. We come out in the first half with so much intensity that we come out flat in the second half," said IVC coach Jill Tucker. "But I really think the game was a lot closer than the score showed."

Said Grossmont coach Laura Williges: "We didn't outplay them in the second half. We just had a better half and outscored them. We made some adjustments at the half, but what they did in the first was just too much."


Williges specifically pointed to the first-half play of Sandra Ramos and Jello Moore. In the first half the two accounted for 19 of the Arabs' 36 points and combined for 11 rebounds.

What eventually turned out to be the difference was the first 11 minutes as the Arabs jumped to a 26-8 lead behind three treys from Ramos, who finished with a game-high 20 points.

The offensive battle focused on four players: Moore and Ramos and Grossmont's Carrie Toorop and Nina Bade. All four hit for double figures and combined for 66 of the game's 113 points (58 percent).

After playing solidly in the first half and taking a 36-20 lead into the intermission, the Arabs played sluggishly on both ends in the second.

Breakdowns on defense eventually allowed the Griffins to outscore IVC 30-27 in the half. Unfortunately for Grossmont, an IVC 15-6 burst at the beginning of the second half upped the advantage to 51-26.

Heading that charge were Moore with six of her 16 points and Jessica Prock, who nailed one of the Arabs' five three-pointers.

While the offense hit a lull in the second half, Tucker credited the outside play of Prock and Ramos for keeping the lead.

Moore thought the deciding factor was the Arabs wanting to build some momentum going into a crucial PCC game at Palomar on Friday.

"We lost two in a row and we really needed this win to get us back," said Moore, who finished with 15 rebounds and three assists. "This win gives us a little momentum going into that game, but I think we still have a little more work to do."

IVC (4-3 PCC) plays at Palomar in San Marcos at 7 p.m. Friday.

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