Lady Eagle Basketball Wins Double OT Thriller

The MSJC women's basketball team out lasted Los Angeles Trade Tech on Friday night to win 105-96 in double overtime in a CCCAA Southern California Regional second round game played in crystalfortradetechplayoffs.jpg

The Lady Eagles clung to a two point halftime lead 42-40 and were able to stretch it out to a 60-50 lead midway through the third quarter before Trade Tech rallied back to make the game close the rest of the way.  The two teams battled through a back and fourth final period of regulation and were forced into overtime with the score tied at 82 all.  In the first overtime the two teams traded baskets with MSJC missing a game winning attempt with one second to play.  In the second overtime Crystal Malveaux, one of five Lady Eagles to have a double double on the night, had two huge offensive rebounds and put backs to give MSJC the advantage.  Delacy Brown added four free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Malveaux finished the night with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists to lead MSJC to victory.  Brown also had 26 for the Lady Eagles as she pulled in 13 rebounds as well and had a game high 7 assists.  Randi Johnson recorded a double double as well with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Kaila Gower came off the bench to score 17 points and haul down 14 boards.  Nokomis Cabrera was the fifth MSJC player to have a double double as she finished with 11 points and 10 boards.

The win improved the Lady Eagles record on the season to 26-4, they will play the winner of the Antelope Valley/Mt. San Antonio game next Saturday night at 7 pm.  If Mt. SAC is the winner MSJC will travel to Walnut for the game if AVC was to win the Lady Eagles would host them on March 4th.  Trade Tech ended their strong season at 22-8.

MSJC's #4 Crystal Malveaux had 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists Friday night helping the Lady Eagles to a second round play-off victory at LA Trade Tech.  MSJC advanced to the Regional Final to be played next Saturday March 4th. (DeeAnn BRadley/MSJC).