Women's Basketball Comes up Short in First Place Showdown

The MSJC women's basketball team got off to a slow start on Friday night and could never fully recover as they lost to Palomar in a critical PCAC North game at home 80-78.KristianDewittpalomar3-17.jpg

The Lady Eagles fell behind 10-0 out of the gate and trailed 24-11 after the first quarter, before out scoring the Comets in each of the next three periods.  Palomar took a commanding lead in the conference standings with the victory as they improved to 5-0, while MSJC fell to 3-2.  The two teams came into the game on Friday night ranked #3 and #4 in the latest Southern California rankings, and the two teams had split a pair of games earlier in the season.  On Friday despite a valiant second half effort the fourth ranked Lady Eagles came up short as the Comets held them off down the stretch with some clutch shooting and big offensive rebounds.

Delacy Brown led the MSJC offense with 18 points, she also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the game.  Kristian Dewitt added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss for the Lady Eagles while Kaila Gower came off the bench to score 12 points and Crystal Malveaux had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss drops MSJC to 21-4 overall on the season while Palomar improved to 21-2.  The Lady Eagles have four regular season games remaining beginning with a game on Wednesday at Mira Costa.  Wednesday's game in Oceanside tips off at 7 pm.  MSJC returns home on Friday when they host College of the Desert at 5 pm.

MSJC's Kristain Dewitt drives to the rim Friday night as the MSJC women's basketball team took on Palomar in a key PCAC North Division game.  The Lady Eagles came up on the short end of an 80-78 contest.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).