Team News, 2006-2007 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Women's Basketball

Ohlone women spurt to victory

By Steve R. Waterhouse, Staff writer.

Reprinted from Inside Bay Area - January 13, 2007.

FREMONT—Only one women's basketball team stands undefeated in Coast Conference South play after Friday night's action.

That team is Ohlone College, which claimed a 70-50 win over visiting De Anza. Two years removed from its last conference crown, Ohlone improved to 3-0 in conference and 16-4 overall; De Anza fell to 3-1 in conference and 15-6 overall.

The Renegades are the No.6-ranked team in Northern California and No.10 in the state.

Some weeks back, this kind of conference start would have seemed nearly impossible.

The Renegades had a long list of injured players. They had injured players who didn't play, and they had injured players who played at less than 100 percent. Yet, they managed to stick it out, and they have proven to be one of the top teams in conference—and in Northern California.

Normal bench players ended up with a ton of game experience that will help the Renegades as the season goes on.

"Everyone seems to think we're the team to beat," Ohlone coach Elizabeth Stanley said. "When we took some losses on the road, we didn't have the depth we have now."

Point guard Danesha Wright (Berkeley High) led Ohlone with 17 points. She also had a team-high six assists, plus five steals and 10 rebounds. Teammate Kelly Fisher (Washington) scored 14 points and had four assists. Aoife Sands had only two points but was monstrous on the boards, grabbing 10 rebounds.

"There was a point in the season when we lost two games (in a row) and I think we began to get desperate," Fisher said. "I thought the team was going to fall apart. But we had players step up."

Ohlone started slowly Friday, but these Renegades score in streaks. After trailing 10-9, they went on a 14-2 run that was capped by a Christina Vargas baseline jumper that gave Ohlone a 23-12 lead.

After a couple of De Anza field goals, Ohlone struck again. This time it went on a 13-4 run to claim a 36-20 lead with 3:31 left in the half.

"We have to work the ball inside," Fisher said. "Our team works well when we pass the ball to the post and pass out so everyone gets a touch. That way our (outside) shooters get some open shots."

Ohlone took a 41-26 lead into the half. De Anza had one more run left in it, opening the second with an 8-2 run that cut Ohlone's lead to 43-34.

But that would be it, as Ohlone went on a 7-0 run to take a 50-34 lead with just under 15 minutes left in the game.

"Our chemistry is coming together by bits and pieces," Stanley said. "Sometimes our youth shows. But we know (the chemistry) is going to come along. We just have to be patient."

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