The MSJC women's basketball team led at halftime and led going into the fourth quarter, but could not hold on Saturday night as they lost in the CCCAA Southern California Regional Finals 71-65 at Mt. San Antonio.
The Lady Eagles fell behind 23-17 after the first period, but dominated the second quarter outscoring the Mounties 20-8 to take a 37-31 halftime lead. The second half was a back and forth battle as there were 14 lead changes and 6 ties in the contest. MSJC clung to a one point lead 55-54 at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Eagles unfortunately, went cold from the field in the second half while Mt. SAC got some timely baskets to pull out the victory.
MSJC was seeking their third Elite Eight appearance in the past five seasons, but came up short against a team that is making their 11th straight trip to the Final Eight. Lady Eagle freshman Delacy Brown led all scorers on the night with 24, while sophomore Crystal Malveaux recorded a double double for MSJC with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Randi Johnson also reached double figures in scoring for MSJC with 10. MSJC was averaging just shy of 93 points per game entering the contest, but were forced to work for every basket on Saturday.
The loss concludes the Lady Eagles season with a record of 26-5, Mt. SAC improved to 30-2 with the victory. The MSJC sophomore class of; Malveaux, Johnson and Nokomis Cabrera finished their two-year careers with a record of 56-7. Their 56 wins make them the winningest players in Lady Eagle basketball history.
MSJC's Delacy Brown scored 24 points Saturday night, but the MSJC women's basketball team came up on the short end of a 71-65 score in the CCCAA Regional Finals against Mt. SAC. The Lady Eagles finished the season 25-6. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)