The MSJC women's basketball team made a valiant effort in the second half on Saturday night at Bakersfield, but they could not quite overcome their slow start losing in the second round of the CCCAA Southern California
Regional play-offs 61-54.
The Lady Eagles got off to a slow start with both poor shooting and too many turnovers, but rallied about half way through the first half to cut a 17 point deficit down to 10 by the break. MSJC jumped out of the gates in the second half cutting Bakersfield's lead to 4 almost immediately and from then on it was close game. The Lady Eagles would have the ball six times down by 2 points and twice down by 1 point in the final six minutes, but could never make the basket to push them into the lead.
MSJC struggled all night from the foul line, finishing the game just 12 for 24 while the Renegades made 18 of 27. Both teams defenses also seemed to control most of the game as the teams shot almost identical from the field with MSJC shooting just 19 for 65 and Bakersfield 20 for 65.
DeShea Wilkes led the Lady Eagle offense with 13 points, while Christina Grant added 10 and Lailahni Tuaila recorded a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Erin Stanford scored 9 points before fouling out of the game and Johnette Brown had 7 points and 11 rebounds.
The loss concludes the season for MSJC, they finish the year with a record of 24-6. Bakersfield improved to 23-4 and they will move on to the Regional semi-finals.
Lailahni Tuaila recorded a double double on Saturday night with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough as the MSJC women's basketball team lost in Bakersfield 61-54 in the Second Round of the CCCAA state play-offs.