Women's Basketball Team Wins 2 of 3 at Ventura

The MSJC women's basketball team failed to win the championship of the Ventura Optimist's Club Tournament this week marking the first time in the past 10 tournaments the Lady Eagles playedkailaforventura-16.jpg
in that they didn't bring home the title.

The Lady Eagles who had not lost a pre-conference tournament game since 2014 got off to a slow start on Wednesday and could never get any offensive rhythm as they lost the tourney opener to Los Angeles Valley 81-74.  In a highly competitive game MSJC shot just 29 for 89 from the floor and a dismal 3 for 32 from three point range in the loss.  The Lady Eagles gave themselves a chance by grabbing 30 offensive rebounds, but they couldn't convert enough second shots to win.  Delacy Brown scored a game high 29 points for MSJC while Kaila Gower came off the bench to add 12.  Crystal Malveaux hauled in a game high 14 rebounds.

MSJC was able to bounce back on Thursday to beat Allan Hancock 76-73.  The Lady Eagles led by 15 with just five minutes remaining in the game and then had to hold on as the Bulldogs charged back in the closing minutes.  Randi Johnson and Nokomis Cabrera tied for team high honors in points with 13 a piece, Brown added 12, and Malveaux reached double figures with 11.

Friday's consolation final saw MSJC get off to another slow start as they trailed Antelope Valley 39-33 at the half, before rallying back to win the game 81-72.  The Lady Eagles again overcame the slow start by dominating on the boards as they out rebounded the Marauders 52-32 in the contest.  Brown led the way on offense scoring 19 points in the game while Kristian Dewitt added 18 and Johnson had 16.  Malveaux also was a solid contributor with 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Brown earned all tournament honors for her play over the three contests.

MSJC is now 14-2 on the season and will be back in action on Wednesday night when they host Imperial Valley at 5 pm.

Kaila Gower had 12 points on Wednesday and played solid both Thursday and Friday as the MSJC women's basketball team won 2 of 3 games at the Ventura Tournament.  The Lady Eagles now 14-2 on the season will return to action on Wednesday when they host Imperial Valley at 5 pm.