Golden Eagles Women’s Basketball Struggles

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Women's Basketball loses against UCSD in a game of 73-48.

Jesse Palomera, Contributing Writer

On the road Saturday evening at RIMAC Arena, the Golden Eagles women’s basketball team fell 73-48 against the No. 2 seed UC San Diego Tritons in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) conference play.

These two teams met earlier in the season in a close game; the Golden Eagles ultimately lost 81-72.

The Tritons pounced on the Golden Eagles, outscoring them 18-5 after the first quarter and 40-11 after the first half.

After a 10-0 run by the Tritons to start the second half, the offense picked up for the Golden Eagles, but the hole that they dug themselves was far too deep for a miracle comeback.

The Golden Eagles could not stop the Tritons’ junior forward Mikayla Williams, who recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and junior guard Sydney Sharp who put up 13 points.

The Golden Eagles’ offense was not very efficient, shooting only seven percent from the 3-point-line to the Tritons 37 percent. Overall, the Golden Eagles shot 29 percent as the Tritons shot 40 percent.

The Golden Eagles fourth quarter was their best in the game, scoring 24 points and finishing the game with a 10-0 run of their own. Two Golden Eagles were in double figures: sophomore guard Alyssa Fisher scoring a team-high 13 points and senior guard Christine Delapina scoring 11 points, two assists and three steals.

Despite being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Golden Eagles look to finish the season on a positive note, with two of their last three games being home games.

The first home game will be Thu, Feb. 21 against the Chico State Wildcats at 5:30 p.m. The last home game falls on Sat, Feb. 23 against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks at 1 p.m.

After Saturday’s loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 5-14 in CCAA conference play and 8-15 overall.