It was no contest at the Los Medanos College Women’s basketball game against Merritt College, which ended in a 64-37 blowout victory for the Thunderbirds.
Despite a close start in the first half, the score shouldn’t be a surprise if you take into account Merritt’s 7-2 record, tying them for first place in the conference, and LMC’s 2-7 record giving them the third to last spot.
“We started out a little slow so we thought we let LMC feel good about them selves,” said Merritt Head Coach Fred Brown of his team’s idle beginning.
But Brown gave credit where it was do and acknowledged the Mustangs defense performed well around the rim.
“They make it difficult to get inside shots,” said Brown of his team trying to avoid physicality in the paint with outside scoring. “We shot too many threes and didn’t make them.”
During the second half Merritt brought their A game and began to build separation from LMC.
“I’ve seen LMC play many times now,” said Brown. “I think they are [a] little short handed…because of injury. “
Although LMC’s Head Coach Richard Villegas thought the effort was there in the game against Merritt and the team played hard, the sloppiness in play and lack of shot making worked against it.
“There were too many turnovers, many bad passes and we missed open shots,” said Villegas, “[it was a] frustrating loss, a frustrating loss.”
LMC is gearing up to play the other top teams tied for first in the conference Solano, Jan. 28, and Laney, Jan 30. But following that tough series, hopefully the Mustangs can capitalize on the only two teams with a worse record than it, Mendocino College, Feb. 4, and Yuba College, Feb 6.
If you would like to view a full schedule for the Lady Mustangs go to http://www.losmedanos.edu/basketball/list/womens.asp.