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Cougs can’t catch up

COC women’s hoops falls in first round at L.A. Trade Tech

Posted: February 27, 2010 11:21 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
The College of the Canyons women's basketball team has been overcoming a slow start all season.

But on Saturday, the Cougars couldn't get past an early double-digit deficit and fell 68-66 to Los Angeles Trade Tech College in the first round of the Southern California Regionals for the California Community College Athletic Association.

"We came back from 16 down," said COC head coach Greg Herrick. "They made a nice, valiant effort, but they just didn't make enough free throws to seal the deal."

The Cougars (22-5) had rallied from 16 points down, and with 33 seconds left Ashley Mason went to the free-throw line with her team only trailing 62-58.

She made the front end of a one-and-one, but missed the second.

COC was forced to foul and Trade Tech hit both free throws, which was the story of the night for the Cougars.

A late 3-pointer brought COC closer, but it couldn't get it together at the charity stripe.

The Beavers went 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the game's final minutes, while the Cougars shot 16-of-30 on the night.

COC trailed 33-26 at halftime.

"We had trouble negotiating their defense, and they're pretty athletic," Herrick says. "It took us a while for us to get in transition."

Cougars forward Ashley Wakefield said the slow start was costly, but the team was determined to not give up.

"Our intensity wasn't as high was we wanted it be," says Wakefield, who led the team in scoring with 15 points. "We just had to keep on digging from within."

However, the Cougars couldn't pick up the easy points, and it cost them.

Wakefield said the season was without question a success, despite a first-round exit.

COC had a sub-.500 record early in the year before putting together a 19-game winning streak to finish the season.

"This team, we worked so hard for what we had. We still proved everybody wrong even though we lost this game," said Wakefield.

"They were just hitting all their shots and converting their stuff. I don't even know what to call it. I don't know what to say."


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