Cougars win by 13

Taft College improved its Central Valley Conference women’s basketball record to 3-1 Wednesday with a 51-38 victory over College of the Sequoias.

The win sets up a showdown Saturday when the Cougars host Merced College at 5 p.m. in the Cougar Sports Center. 
Taft and Merced are tied for second place in the CVC, trailing Fresno (4-0, 20-4).  Reedley is 2-2 while Porterville and Sequoias are both winless.

“We look forward to coming out Saturday and playing hard,” said head coach Tyrone Taylor.  “We match up pretty well with Merced size-wise.  They play slower pace so it could be another low-scoring game.”

The Cougar-COS game was low scoring, especially in the first half.  Taft held an 18-14 lead at the break before getting untracked for 33 points in the second half.

“The game started out slow,” Taylor said.  “Neither team could get shots to fall.  We missed some easy opportunities and couldn’t make free-throws.”

The pace picked up in the second half.

“We started getting some shots to fall,” Taylor said.  “We got some easy shots.”

Maurissa Morones, a freshman forward from West High in Bakersfield, led the Cougars with 14 points.  Sophomore center Jasmine Green, the team’s leading rebounder, pulled down 13.

“Maurissa was the only player we had in double figures, but everyone scored,” Taylor added.

In other CVC games Wednesday, Fresno ran away from Porterville 121-73 and Merced defeated Reedley 58-48.
Fresno is ranked second in northern California and fifth in the state.  Merced is ranked 12 in the NorCal poll.