SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The top four Southern California regional seeds in the California Community College Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship Championships each sent strong messages that they're on top of their game this postseason, posting convincing wins on Saturday night that send them into the regional final round next Saturday with berths to the state championship tournament in Ventura on the line.
Meanwhile, there were no surprises in the NorCal Regionals with Saturday's four higher seeds each moving on a day after three lower seeds - including 12th-seeded Cypress College - posted road victories. Palomar (28-1), defending state champion Mt. San Antonio (25-7), Mt. San Jacinto (28-2) and L.A. Trade-Tech (23-6) - the top four SoCal seeds, respectively - advanced on Saturday night while top NorCal seed Sierra (28-1), Fresno City (25-5), Merced (25-5) and Diablo Valley (23-4) were victorious in the north.
That sets up an exciting regional final schedule next Saturday.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
|(7) Irvine Valley (25-4) at (2) Mt. San Antonio (25-7)|
|(6) El Camino (21-6) vs. (3) Mt. San Jacinto (28-2)|
|(9) Moorpark (22-6) at (1) Palomar (28-1)|
|(12) Cypress (22-7) vs. (4) L.A. Trade-Tech (23-6)|
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
|(7) College of the Siskiyous (25-4) at (2) Fresno City (25-5)|
|(6) Diablo Valley (23-4) at (3) College of the Sequoias (27-3)|
|(9) Chabot (23-5) at (1) Sierra (28-1)|
|(5) Merced (25-5) at (4) City College of San Francisco (25-4)|
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL RECAPS
(1) Sierra 59, (16) Solano 49
ROCKLIN, Calif. - The Solano Community College women's basketball team was outscored in the final three quarters by top-seeded Sierra after a 7-7 tie after the first in their round of 16 game in the NorCal Regionals on Saturday, but that hardly tells the story.
The 16th-seeded Falcons gave the Wolverines a battle throughout before having to foul late and ensuing free throws extending the lead to a 59-49 final margin.
"We held them to 25 underneath their (season) average," Solano coach Matt Borchert said. "Great game, great battle. We held them close whole way. We made some runs, but we couldn't quite get it all the way back like we did (in the first round) against Shasta."
(5) Merced 80, (12) Cabrillo 53
MERCED, Calif. - A 28-15 advantage in the second quarter provided the fuel fifth-seeded Merced College needed on Saturday night against Cabrillo College as the Blue Devils marched into the regional finals next week with an 80-53 victory.
Four of the five Merced starters reached double-figure scoring, led by 18 points from Trinity Washington and 17 from Suzuna Shoji. Tajaheray McMahan added 15 and Shea Glasglow-Williams pitched in with 10. Washington completed her double-double with 10 boards. Lauren Lacy led Cabrillo with 13 points, Grace Giguiere had 12 and Pauli Pappas scored 13.
Merced led just 15-11 after the opening quarter but then outscored Cabrillo 28-15 in the next one for a 43-26 halftime lead. Merced led by 13 at the end of the third but held Cabrillo to just four points down the stretch to record the convincing win.
(6) Diablo Valley 87, (11) Lassen 44
PLEASANT HILL, Calif. - Doris Jones had a monster game with 30 points and 10 rebounds whiloe teammate Jordan Hobson had a double-double also with 19 points and 14 boards as host Diablo Valley College raced to a 22-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in an 87-44 win on Saturday over Lassen College.
Jahnay Anderson scored 14 points off the bench for the Vikings who were up 43-21 at halftime and then used a 26-7 advantage in the fourth quarter to help provide the final margin of victory
(2) Fresno City 93, (15) Merritt 68 (no game information available
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL RECAPS
(1) Palomar 84, (17) Cerritos 58
SAN MARCOS, Calif. - The Cerritos College women's basketball season came to an end Saturday night after their 84-58 Southern California Regional 2nd Round Playoff loss at Palomar College. The Falcons (18-14), seeded #17, advanced to the second round after defeating #16-seeded Antelope Valley College on Wednesday night. Facing the #1-seeded Comets (28-1), the team didn't have enough firepower to post the upset.
(Courtesy Cerritos College Athletics)
(2) Mt. San Antonio 87, (15) Riverside City 53
WALNUT, Calif. - Defending state champion Mt. San Antonio delivered a 28-point halftime lead against Riverside City College on Saturday night as the Mounties cruised into the regional finals with an 87-53 win.
Four starters scored in double figures for Mt. SAC but Deja Siaki was high-scorer from her reserver role with 22 points. Tianna Burrell (15), Dominique McLaughlin (14), Tiana Douglas (12) and Jonnae Vermillion (10) joined her with at least 10 points. Riverside was paced by 18 points from Kimari Hollis while Joana Adams tallied 12. Dayna Dewitt led all players with 11 rebounds.
The Mounties, who shot 53 percent from the field while holding the Tigers to just 23 percent, went up 25-13 at the end of the first quarter and then 52-24 at halftime.
(3) Mt. San Jacinto 81, (14) Pasadena City 46
SAN JACINTO, Calif. - The Pasadena City College women's basketball team saw its season end on a sour note as state No. 3-ranked and No. 3 seed Mt. San Jacinto routed the visiting Lancers, 81-46, in a Southern California Regional Playoff Round 2 game Saturday night.
The lone brightspot of the evening for PCC was when sophomore Alisa Shinn hit a basket with four minutes left in the second quarter, allowing her to become only fourth Lancer in school history to reach 1,000 points in her community college career. The 14th-seed Lancers (18-14) were never in the postseason contest as MSJC (28-2) jumped out to a 16-0 lead before Shinn hit a jumper with 2:41 left in the first quarter, the only points for PCC in the 10-minute period. The Eagles led 23-2, holding the Lancers to their lowest scoring quarter since quarters were introduced to collegiate women's basketball to start the 2016-17 season.
Britney Thomas scored 26 points for Mt. San Jacinto while Delacy Brown had 17 points and eight rebounds. MSJC held a 58-36 rebounding advantage.
(Courtesy Pasadena City College)
(4) L.A. Trade-Tech 67, Long Beach City 55
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Deejanae Poland led L.A. Trade-Tech with 19 points and Kamara Smith and Orionna Shirley each added 12 as the Beavers used a 14-point advantage in the fourth quarter to hold off Long Beach City College on Saturday night, 67-55.
The Vikings, who trailed 26-21 at halftime, went up 45-43 going into the fourth quarter before LATT turned it up to outscore LBCC, 24-10, the rest of the way. Kemanie Patterson scored 11 points for the Beavers and added 11 rebounds.