The MSJC women's basketball team pulled away in the final 8 minutes on Friday night to defeat visiting Southwestern 60-48 to win the 2014 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship.
The Lady Eagles and Jaguars both struggled for offense in a very physical first half with MSJC able to squeeze out a 21-19 lead at the break. In the second half the offense picked up some as MSJC got a lay-up from Cora Lopez with 17 minutes remaining to take a 27-25 lead and the Lady Eagles would not trail again in the contest. MSJC pushed the lead to double figures with just over 6 minutes to play when DeShea Wilkes hit a key three point basket to make the score 47-35. From that point on MSJC was able to hold off any come back attempts by Southwestern not letting them get closer than 8 after that.
Lopez finished the night with a game high 18 points and a game high 19 rebounds as she played all 40 minutes in her final regular season home game of her career. Tamara Herring added 13 points and six rebounds. Sarai Ware and Brittany Gatson played solid defense all night helping the Lady Eagles to the win. Ware and Bree Madory, who scored all five of her points in the first half, were also playing in their final regular season home game.
The Lady Eagles were tied with the Jaguars at the top of the conference standings going into Friday night's game. MSJC wins the PCAC title in their first year as a member of the conference. Last season MSJC won the Foothill Conference title. The Lady Eagles finished the regular season with an overall record of 23-6 and a conference mark of 12-2.
The pairings for the Southern California Regional Tournament will be announced on Monday.
Three MSJC sophomores (l-r) Bree Madory, Srai Ware, and Cora Lopez, pictured with coaches Chris and Fontay Mozga prior to Friday night's game which was sophomore night for the trio, as they helped the Lady Eagles to the 2014 PCAC championship.