From College of the Redwoods
CR women make state playoffs, to host Chabot
Feb 25, 2014 - 8:15:38 PM
The dream is still alive for the College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team.
For the second time in the past three seasons, CR is heading into the state playoffs and will host Chabot Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
“We’re all pretty pumped up about it,” said CR head coach Doug Oliveira. “It’s what we’ve been playing all year for.”
Before 2012, the Corsairs had not made the postseason since 2002.
Now, in only his fourth year as head coach, Oliveira has his team back in the tournament for a second time with a chance to win it all.
“One of my primary goals when I took this job is I wanted to see College of the Redwoods become one of the elite teams and one of the schools that players wanted to come play,” Oliveira said. “I’ve been very pleased with the players we’ve been able to get in the program and we’ve taken great strides to get to where we are.”
No. 16 CR (12-13) gets the home game over No. 17 Chabot (10-16) because of its higher seed, but, waiting in the wings for the winner of this game is the No. 1 seed San Joaquin Delta (24-5) on Saturday.
The top 18 teams in Northern and Southern California compete in their own brackets with the champions advancing to the state final.
“All 36 teams that are still standing are good teams so it really doesn’t matter,” Oliveira said. “The big thing is we just have to come out ready to play every time.”
As for Chabot, the Corsairs beat the Gladiators 76-71 back on Nov. 14 at Consumnes River behind a total team effort.
CR had four players score more than 15 points in the game, led by Lili Herrera’s 19, who finished GVC play as the conference’s third leading scorer (14.9 PPG).
Redwoods’ Darnesha Ward went 5-for-11 from 3-point range in the game helping propel the Corsairs to victory.
“The biggest issue for us is they’re big and they’re best players are their big players,” Oliveira said. “So we can’t afford to give them multiple shots on offensive rebounds. I really think the game will be won or lost on how well we rebound the ball.”
Wednesdsay’s game will be broadcast live on Access Humboldt, Ch. 8, as well as online at redwoods.edu.
The tournament brackets can be found online at cccaasports.org.
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