The MSJC women's basketball team moved into a first place tie in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference standings last night with a 73-68 home win over visiting Palomar College.
The Lady Eagles entered the night one game behind the Comets in the PCAC standings and were looking to avenge their lone conference loss to Palomar back on January 9th. The two teams battled through a physical and fast paced first half with MSJC clinging to a 34-30 lead at the break.
The Lady Eagles started the second half by pushing their lead to 39-32, before a 12-3 run by Palomar gave the Comets the lead. Johnette Brown scored off of an offensive rebound with 11:48 to play in the game to give MSJC the lead back at 48-47 and 20 seconds later DeShea Wilkes hit a three point basket to push the lead to 51-47 and the Lady Eagles would not trail again in the contest. The Comets kept coming however and had the game within two with just over two minutes to play. Brown, Lailahni Tuaila, and Erin Stanford came through at the foul line down the stretch to allow MSJC to hold on.
Brown finished the night as MSJC's top scorer with 22 points while Christina Grant added 11 and Tuaila ended the night with 9. Brown and Grant also led the way on the glass pulling in 11 rebounds a piece.
The win improved the Lady Eagles record to 20-4 overall on the season and 8-1 in PCAC play while Palomar fell to 19-3 and 8-1. The win gave MSJC their ninth straight season with at least 20 victories. The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Friday when they travel to San Diego City for a 7 pm game. MSJC returns home next Wednesday February 11th when they host Grossmont at 5 pm.
Bench and supporters on their feet near end as Mt. San Jacinto College Women’s basketball continues winning streak defeating Palomar College 73-68 at San Jacinto Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Photo by DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC