||Last Updated: Feb 4, 2015 - 12:35:55 PM
If it sounds familiar, it’s because it is.
For the second time in three years, the College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team will play with a Golden Valley Conference championship and potential postseason berth on the line as CR (7-1) hosts No. 15 Siskiyous (8-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
With a win, CR would move into a first-place tie with Siskiyous, and if the Corsairs could win their last game of the regular season Feb. 20 at Shasta, CR would earn a share of its first GVC championship since 1981 and would most likely earn an at-large bid into the state playoffs.
A loss, however, and the Corsairs fall to 8-2 and will be mathematically eliminated from title contention and could possibly miss the postseason altogether.
“We’ve been working for four months now to get to this week,” said CR’s fourth-year head coach Doug Oliveira. “But even if we’re able to get a win, the game next week against Shasta is every bit as important.”
From personal experience, it’s a message the coach has been relaying to his team all week.
In February of 2012, with just six players on the roster, including current Corsair Lili Herrera, CR beat No. 11 Siskiyous 77-67 and moved into a first-place tie.
In the final game of the regular season, however, needing a win at home against Shasta to earn a share of the league title, the Corsairs had a let down and lost the game and the crown in one fowl swoop.
This time around, against the same team with practically the same record and ranking, coach Oliveira and his Corsairs are looking to finish the job.
“We’ve really been focused and working hard to finish the season strong,” said Oliveira, whose Corsairs, just like in 2012, are currently riding a five-game win streak after blowing our their past two opponents by 30 points or more.
Another similarity from this season and two years ago is the fact that CR’s one GVC loss was a blowout at Siskiyous earlier in the season.
In 2012, CR’s worst loss of the year was a 94-61 defeat at Siskiyous, which the Corsairs later avenged at home.
This year, CR’s second-worst loss of the year was back on Jan. 16 at Siskiyous when CR was beaten 94-54 (the Corsairs lost to the No. 1 team in the state, Fresno, by 47 points earlier this year).
On Saturday, coach Oliveira and his Corsairs are hoping to exact some revenge once again.
“When we played them at their place, especially in the second half, from an effort standpoint, it was our low-point of the year,” Oliveira said. “We did not play with the kind of intensity we need to be successful. But I don’t expect that to occur again. No matter what happens, I’m sure that we’re going to play with great effort.”
Following the women’s game, the CR men tip off at 4 p.m. against Siskiyous as the Corsairs will look for back-to-back wins in their final two games to end the regular season.
CR (5-3 in the GVC and 15-9 overall) is firmly planted on the bubble for an at-large postseason bid and will need strong performances the next two games to secure its place.
The Corsairs beat Siskiyous in Weed back on Jan. 16 by a score of 105-99, after Aaron Cloud sparked the CR offense with five 3-pointers in the game, but, on Saturday, to get a win CR will need to tighten up defensively.
Both the women’s and men’s games will be broadcast live on Access Humboldt, Ch. 8, as well as online at redwoods.edu with play-by-play commentator Tag Wotherspoon, starting approximately 10 minutes before the first tip.
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