Cold Shooting Costs MSJC Chance at Victory Against Mt. SAC

The MSJC women's basketball team shot just 19% from the floor on Saturday afternoon and lost to visiting Mt. San Antonio 52-37 in the opening round of the Southern California Crossover Challenge.JaynaSmithforMTSAC-19.jpg

The Lady Eagles struggled from the start shooting the ball as they managed just 7 points in the first quarter to trail 15-7 after one period.  MSJC stayed in the game though with their defensive effort and cut the Mounties lead to 26-21 at halftime, however the second half didn't get any better offensively and the Lady Eagles were out scored 14-8 and 12-8 in the final two quarters.

MSJC out rebounded the Mounties 55-48 and had 75 field goal attempts to just 47 for Mt. SAC, but unfortunately​ the Lady Eagles connected on just 14 of those 75 shots.  Mt. SAC also out scored the Lady Eagles at the free throw line 16-7 in the game.

Haylei Janssens was the only MSJC player to reach double figures in scoring as she recorded a double double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.  Serena Hickey added 9 points and 7 boards in the loss.

The loss drops MSJC to 12-5 on the season while the Mounties improved to 13-4, the game was a match up of the past two CCCAA State Champions.  The Lady Eagles will return to the floor on Wednesday night when they travel to Los Angeles Valley College for a 7 pm game.

MSJC's Janya Smith had 6 points and 6 rebounds off the bench Saturday for the Lady Eagle basketball team, but a tough offensive day cost MSJC a 52-37 loss to Mt. SAC in the first round of the Southern California Crossover Challenge.  MSJC travels to LA Valley on Wednesday for a 7 pm game.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)