Bearcats women b-ball off to solid start

Women pick up third win of 2015-16 season, match last year's total

CBC player Mitch Krahn (#22) gets in a defensive stance during Pacwest action on Saturday.

CBC player Mitch Krahn (#22) gets in a defensive stance during Pacwest action on Saturday.

Just seven games into the 2015-16 Pacwest season, the CBC Bearcats women’s basketball have already equaled last year’s win total.

The Bearcats won for the third time this season on Saturday, defeating the Capilano Blues 76-74 on Saturday. Women’s head coach Angela Booy said it’s the best start in the history of the program.

“We’ve never won three games in the first semester before,” she said. “I don’t think we could go into the break in a better position by knocking off the number-eight team in the country (Capilano).”

Sarah Rozendal had a monster game for the Bearcats, with 21 points and six rebounds. She was also tasked with shutting down Michelle Errico, the top scorer in the league, and helped hold her to only two points.

“Sarah was exceptional at both ends tonight,” Booy said. “And our point guard Harvina Kaler (24 points) did a phenomenal job for us.”

The Bearcats almost let the game slip away against the Blues, as Capilano outscored CBC 36-17 in the final quarter. Booy said the team needs to learn how to play with leads.

“Our team is just learning what it is to compete for 40 minutes,” she said. “On Friday we had the lead late but couldn’t finish it off. Tonight it was a matter of holding on. Moving forward, we have to learn how to protect leads rather than just hang on.”

CBC lost 54-48 to Douglas on Friday, in a game Booy said they could have won. Kaler and Rozendal had 17 and 15 points respectively, and Tolu Ojo grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Bearcats now have a record of three wins and four losses.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs and I think we can compete with any team in the league,” Booy said. “We can’t get keyed on because if they shut down one player, someone else can step up. We have a lot of heart and I think this is a special group.”

The struggles continued for the men’s team, as they lost 81-79 to Douglas on Friday and 99-56 to Capilano on Saturday.

Kevin Davis had a strong game on Friday, with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Elijah Calhoun scored a team-high 20 points. The Bearcats shot poorly against the Blues on Saturday, only scoring six points in the fourth quarter. CBC head coach Matthew Boulton said his team simply couldn’t make shots against the Blues.

The men’s team falls to a record of one win and six losses after the pair of setbacks.

The teams now enter a holiday break, and return to action on Jan. 8. The next home game for the teams occurs on Jan. 22.