The MSJC women's basketball team won two of three games over the holidays to capture the consolation championship at the Grossmont Holiday Classic in El Cajon.
Saturday the Lady Eagles got off to a slow start and could not recover from a 12 point halftime deficit as they lost to eventual tournament champion Citrus 63-57. Tamara Herring came off the bench to lead the MSJC offense with 14 points while Johnette Brown added 11 and 9 rebounds. Cora Lopez recorded her first of three straight double doubles in the loss with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The Lady Eagles bounced back on Sunday to defeat College of the Redwoods 67-53. MSJC built their second half lead to as much as 30 before Redwoods made one last run at tightening the game. Lopez had 21 points and 17 rebounds in the victory while Kenyetta Fugate took advantage of her first start of the season scoring 13 points. Herring again gave MSJC a spark coming off the bench to add 11, while Erin Stanford had a team high 6 assists.
In the consolation final on Monday Stanford hit a 15 foot jump shot with 14 seconds left in overtime to lead MSJC past Santa Ana 65-63. In a game that was close the entire way MSJC was once again led by Lopez who had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Brittany Neely added 15 points in the win and Sarai Ware passed out 7 assists. Lopez was named to the all tournament team for her play over the three day event.
The Lady Eagles are now 11-4 on the season and will start Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play on January 8th when they travel to Imperial Valley for a 5 pm game. MSJC is home on Friday January 10th when they host Palomar College. The game on the 10th also begins at 5 pm.
Cora Lopez had three straight double doubles over the weekend as she helped the MSJC women's basketball team to a 2-1 mark at the Grossmont Holiday Classic. The Lady Eagles now 11-4 on the season start conference play on Wednesday January 8th.