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Golden Eagles Set to Host Two Big CCAA Games

Samantha Lee (right) shoots a basket _ Cal State LA Athletics

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Samantha Lee (right) shoots a basket _ Cal State LA Athletics

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Cal State LA’s women’s basketball team, which is coming off two disappointing losses on the road last week, will play two important home games this week in California Collegiate Athletic Association action.

The Golden Eagles (9-9, 6-4 CCAA) will host Cal State East Bay (9-7, 6-3 CCAA) on Friday night and Cal State Monterey Bay (4-12, 1-8 CCAA) in University Gym. Both games are set for 5:30 p.m. starts. Cal State LA will be starting the second half of its 20-game conference schedule this week.

The Golden Eagles slipped from second to sixth in a tightly-contested conference race after losses at week at Chico State and Stanislaus State. The Golden Eagles are one-half game out of the third-place tie between Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State East Bay and just 1 ½ games back of second-place Stanislaus State.

The top eight teams will qualify for the CCAA Championship Tournament and the top four teams will earn first-round home games on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The Golden Eagles, who are 6-0 at home, fell to 2-8 away from home with the losses last week. Cal State LA fell to Chico State, 66-62, to open the week. Da’Jah Jackson had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Samantha Lee had 13 points. The Golden Eagles shot

Then, in a showdown with second-place Stanislaus State in Turlock, Cal State LA fell to the Warriors, 63-55, after shooting just 32.7 percent and being out-rebounded, 41-33. Jackson led the Golden Eagles with 20 points  and Lee had 13 points for a second straight game. Rachael DiRegolo had a team-high eight rebounds.

Jackson leads the team in scoring and is fifth in the conference in scoring with 14.6 points per game. She is also eighth in assists (3.1 per game) and fourth in steals (2.1 per game.)

Rikke Fabricius is second on the team in and eighth in the conference in scoring with 13.9 points per game. Christine Delapina is third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per game. She is sixth in the conference in assists (3.6 per game), second in assists/turnover ratio (1.8) and first in minutes played (36.9 per game).

After this weekend’s home games, the Golden Eagles will play their next three on the road, beginning with a contest at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, Jan. 28. Cal State LA will return home on Thursday, Feb. 9 for a Homecoming game against Cal State San Bernardino.

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