SANTA BARBARA - Santa Barbara City College took control with a 35-20 advantage in the second and third quarters on Tuesday night in the Sports Pavilion and then held on for a 60-55 women's basketball victory over Hancock.
It was the 250th win for head coach Sandrine Krul, who's 250-189 in her 15th season. The Vaqueros are 15-11 overall and 3-6 in the WSC North. Hancock is 10-14 and 2-7.
Aaliyah Pauling, a sophomore guard from Spokane, Wash., scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in her last Vaquero home appearance. Meagan Moore added 16 points and three steals.
"We played like a team and played hard even when Hancock was making their comeback," said Krul. "It was a great team effort. I was so proud of the way we bounced back after the Cuesta loss and moved forward. That's what MTXE is all about."
The Vaqueros trailed 20-17 after a quarter, then won the 2nd period 18-7 for a 35-27 halftime lead. They also took the third quarter 19-13, expanding the margin to 14 points.
The Bulldogs started the fourth on a 13-3 run and pulled within four, 57-53, on Danielle Morgan's free throw with 48 seconds left. Jennae Mayberry hit a free throw with 0:29 on the clock and Maaria Jaakkola added two more at the 11-second mark for a 60-53 lead.
Morgan paced Hancock with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
The Vaqueros knocked down 82.4% of their free throws (14-17) and the Bulldogs made just 58.8% (10-17).
SBCC outshot the visitors 40.0% to 34.4% and forced 23 turnovers, leading to 29 points.
Santa Barbara will wrap up the season on Friday when it travels to Oxnard for a 5 p.m. game.
(Dave Loveton, Santa Barbara City College Athletics)