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SJCC wins at home

Patrick Loera

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Photo by Maria Laura Miramon                                                                 Victoria Aguilera dribbles around defenders after a rebound in their 60-40 victory over College of San Mateo on Nov. 21 at SJCC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jaguars women’s basketball team came out swinging for the first home game of the season as they defeated College of San Mateo 60-40 on Nov. 21 at San Jose City College

“It’s the first home game and it kind of sets the tone for the rest of the season, so it’s definitely a good win for us,” second-year assistant coach Fritzie Villegas said.

San Mateo had several turnovers, missed shots and made few offensive rebounds in the first half of the game, which quickly became points for the Jaguars as they shot 44 percent from the field and snatched 23 rebounds to give them a commanding 36-14 lead at halftime.

“We started out really hot and fought hard to protect our home court,” said starting sophomore center Victoria Aguilera, who finished the game with six blocks, 12 points and 14 rebounds.

In the second half, the Jaguars came out of the locker room a bit stagnant, producing four turnovers on their first six possessions, allowing San Mateo to get within 12 points.

A quick adjustment put the Jaguars back in rhythm, and they were able to keep San Mateo at bay with persistent defense and making smart decisions in transition.

“I was juiced, and we had to let them know that this is our house,” said sophomore forward Aiwe Okungbowa, who was 99 percent from the free-throw line and had 14 points and 10 rebounds. “I like getting my team involved, slowing it down and pressing the point guard.”

San Mateo got into foul trouble with five minutes left in the game, and the Jaguars extended their lead.

Although SJCC only shot 38 percent in the game, they dominated the boards and went 85 percent from the line to finish the game by 20 points.

“There was a good crowd, and I want to thank our fans for coming and supporting us,” said Okungbowa.

The Jaguars will host the Lady Jag’s Basketball Tournament from Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.

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