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Ramos continues to lead way on the court for IVC

December 04, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

For more than a year Imperial Valley College women's basketball player Sandra Ramos has been one of the most dominant players in Southern California.

Last week in four IVC wins, Ramos put together one of her most impressive stretches, finishing with four double-doubles and just shy of triple-doubles in each game.

The 29-year-old sophomore started things Nov. 27 in the Arabs' 78-33 thumping of Mount San Jacinto with 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight steals and four blocks. She followed Saturday by narrowly missing a quadruple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists in IVC's 74-44 win over Victor Valley.

Later Saturday she recorded 15 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and an assist as the Arabs downed Cerro Coso 78-71. She rounded out her week Sunday by dropping 23 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and a steal on Barstow in IVC's 90-57 hammering.


So if there's anyone who deserves to brag about her individual accomplishments, it would be Ramos. But bragging is the last thing you'll hear from her.

"I always remember that I'm playing for a team. There's a lot of people that think I'm selfish, but I don't think so. I know that I can't do any of this without the team," said Ramos, originally from Monterrey, Mexico. "I can't play alone. I really need the team."

With Ramos helping lead the way, the team is 7-4, having won five of its last seven games. With that quick start, the Arabs are on pace to surpass last year's win total of 18.

"I think we're a lot better than we were last year. Physically and just all-around basketball-wise, we're better," said Ramos.

A big reason the team is better is Ramos is better. IVC head coach Jill Tucker said with a better supporting cast and the fact that she's playing her natural position as a wing, Ramos has flourished and become an even better player than last year, when she was one of the top scorers in the Pacific Coast Conference.

"Right now she is really focused and just wants the entire team to do well. I'm not really surprised with how well she's been playing because I know she's capable of doing it," said Tucker. "With what she brings to the team, we're just really lucky to have her."

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