HAYWARD, CA. – A slow start plagued the Cal State San Marcos women’s basketball team on Thursday night as the Cougars dropped a 60-39 decision at Cal State East Bay in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) action.
After shooting 2-of-29 in the first half, the Cougars clawed their way back with an impressive 48.2 percent (13-of-27) performance in the second half. It just wasn’t enough, as the Pioneer offense remained hot to clinch the win.
The Cougars drop to 5-11 overall and 3-8 in CCAA play while CSUEB improves to 17-4, 11-2 in conference.
Junior Ashley Ontiveros led CSUSM with 10 points. Senior Brianna Higgins and sophomore Savannah Camp each chipped in eight points in the contest. Junior Ashley Jenkins tallied six points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Cougars recorded only 11 turnovers to CSUEB’s 18, but the Pioneers won the battle of the board with a 51-27 advantage.
CSUEB’s Tori Breshers registered a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Katrina Bacovcin added 10 points and seven boards.
The Cougars continue their NorCal road trip with a stop at Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday, Jan. 30. Tip-off is 1:30 p.m.