Arabs get back on winning track

November 21, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Coming off a second-place finish at the Long Beach City tournament over the weekend, an event it felt it should have won, the Imperial Valley College women's basketball team had redemption on its mind at IVC on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for College of the Desert, it ended up taking the brunt of the frustration let out by the Arabs, losing 91-61.

"It's always nice to have one of these games after a tough tournament," said IVC coach Jill Tucker. "In a game like this we were able to give our players on the bench a lot of playing time and give them experience on the floor. You never know when you'll need someone off your bench to step up, so this was a good opportunity to give them some work."


Tucker said she was able to work on some key areas of the team's game that hurt it during the tournament.

"We worked more on our defense tonight. And were also able to fix some mistakes that we had during the tournament. So overall, it was a good night for us," Tucker said.

While the Arabs' defense was consistent throughout, holding the Road Runners to 31 points in the first half and 30 in the second, IVC's offense wasn't too shabby.

The Arabs put together scoring runs of 15-5, 13-3, 9-0, 12-4 and 9-1, which helped lead the team to its biggest offensive output this year.

"Obviously IVC was a better team tonight. I just wish we could've given them a better game," said COD coach Ty Thomas. "Mentally it just didn't seem like we were ready. On defense we weren't talking and we didn't have any communication. And it seemed like IVC did whatever it wanted to do out there."

Leading all scorers was IVC's Sandra Ramos with 20 points (six three-pointers) to go with six assists, three rebounds and two steals. Also contributing for IVC were Jello Moore with 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals and LaToya Jackson with 13 points, five assists and three rebounds.

"I was really happy with how the team played tonight. As a team and for me individually, I wanted us to come out and play hard," said Ramos.

Bench players who contributed were Melissa Williams with 13 points, three rebounds and three steals and Marta CedeƱo with nine points, six from behind the arc.

IVC (3-2 overall) will compete in the Ventura College tournament beginning Friday.

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