The Lancers women’s basketball team fought for a very important cause Wednesday in its 73-55 victory over visiting Los Angeles Harbor College.
Sporting their special white uniforms with pink accents for the ‘Coaches vs. Cancer’ event, the No. 4 ranked Lancers’ fast paced offense proved too much for the Seahawks.
The Lancers were balanced offensively, with five players scoring in double-figures. Sophomore forward Brandi DuBose was impressive on both sides of the floor with 13 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
“Brandi did awesome,” assistant coach La’Nette Dillard said. “She stepped up in Parks’ absence, and really played well on both sides of the floor.”
The Lancers attacked the Seahawks with their defensive pressure and overall hustle, forcing 26 turnovers. Despite the 18-point victory, sophomore point guard Desiree Loving was unhappy with the team’s slow start.
“I think we came out sluggish,” Loving said. “Honestly, as a captain, I feel we could’ve been better on defense. We could’ve executed on offense better and took better shots.”
The Lancers were playing without several players but didn’t need them in the victory over the Seahawks.
“We did well without our starting center,” Dillard said. “We could have done better. We certainly missed her and our backup center Bailey Williams.”
Sophomore center Kaitlyn Parks missed the game with a sprained ankle and Williams missed the game due to a death in the family.
“I came down wrong in the last game and sprained my ankle,” Parks said. “I’m doing better and I should be back against Mt. SAC.”
Sophomore guard Tyler Crockom led the Lancers with 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Loving finished the game with 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Sophomore guard Skai Thompson recorded 12 points and sophomore guard Kiara Phillips added 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Lancers.
“Our sophomores really stepped up tonight and took control,” Parks said. “We started off slow and our momentum was a little slow and we allowed LA Harbor to get more points than they should have.”
The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities.
The Lancers travel to play East Los Angeles College (14-10, 4-5) on Friday. Tip off is scheduled for 5 p.m.