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IVC women's basketball team defeats Palomar

January 27, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

SAN MARCOS — A way to look at the Imperial Valley College women's basketball team's win over Palomar College here Friday could be as a passing of the torch.

A year ago Palomar ended up the Pacific Coast Conference champions and IVC took fourth place.

But on Friday, the Arabs made a case for themselves as PCC championship contenders by knocking off the defending champs 55-34.

While the 21-point victory was impressive, it wasn't as impressive as the way the team won it.

The 55 points scored were the fewest the Arabs have scored all year in both wins and losses.

"We just weren't hitting our shots. I know we could've won by a lot more. I think we probably could've beat them by at least 40," said Arab center Jello Moore, who finished with a team-high 18 points to go along with nine rebounds and two steals. "But in a game like this, where we only scored 55 points, we had to fight back on defense. Our ‘D' had to step up because our offense was just off."


Even though IVC did notch the win and improved to 2-1 in the PCC, the offensive performance was far from its last effort, a 99-point output against Cuyamaca on Wednesday.

"I think no matter who we play, it doesn't matter. We just seem to step down to the other team's level. And tonight we did that again," added Moore.

In the first half IVC outscored the Comets 30-19 and held Palomar to 16 second-half points.

Along with Moore's performance, Sandra Ramos finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and five steals and LaToya Jackson added eight points, four assists, two steals and two rebounds for the Arabs.

Said IVC coach Jill Tucker of her team's win: "I think the key tonight was definitely our defense. We gave them a lot of different looks and I think that hurt them."

Next on the slate for the Arabs will be a PCC tilt with Grossmont at 7 p.m. Wednesday at IVC.

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