Note From The Editor: The East L.A. College 2015-16 Huskies’ Women’s Basketball Team is at the three-quarter point of the season and things are looking good for them, and their Head Coach, Bruce Turner. Coach has basically had to rebuild and retool his State semi-finalist team from last season. Gone are his two dynamic point guards, Olivia Ochoa and Kyla Martin plus their power forward, Jocelyn Diaz, who all combined to lead the team to the school’s best season ever. Replacing them has been a difficult and gradual process, but nonetheless, the Huskies are set to make their big push to the SCC’s conference finish line in good shape to return to the State’s CCCAA Final Four Tournament in March. We invite you to take a good look at the team with our season’s update plus a game video from their victory over Cerritos on January 20th.
Season Update: LADY HUSKIES SHOWDOWN WITH #2 MT. SAC SET FOR 2/10/16
The 2015 CCCAA state semifinalist, and the South Region’s No. 8-ranked East Los Angeles College women’s basketball team will meet the Mt. San Antonio College “Mounties” on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 in a crucial road game with the South Coast Conference (SCC) title on the line. ELAC, (19-6/3-1) in the SCC, will try to avenge an (82-72) loss to the Mounties’ (23-1/5-0) on Jan. 22nd while trying to end their remarkable 44 game SCC win-streak.
The Mounties last loss was a (77-71) setback to ELAC on Feb. 12, 2012. Mt. SAC defeated El Camino-Compton (111-24) on Feb. 5 while ELAC Head Coach, Bruce Turner, in the spirit of collegiality, emptied his bench against the same opponent in a (66-29) win on Jan. 29th.
Coach Turner remarked in a post-game media avialabilty that, “It’s all about all of the players, not just the starters, learning tools they will use later in life such as team effort, camaraderie and respect rather than running up the score.” Local talent has helped the Huskies win tournament trophies this season. ELAC won the title at the Cypress College “Lady Charger Classic” with an (83-73) upset win against No. 5 Palomar College (19-4).
ELAC freshman guard Tiffani Martinez (Montebello HS) was the Charger Classic’s Most Valuable Player. She hit 15 three-point tournament baskets. At the time, Martinez had 40 three-pointers, then the most in the state. Also named to the All-Tourney Team for ELAC were former (Roosevelt HS/Boyle Heights) standouts, sophomore forward, Jessica Sanchez, and freshman guard, Allissa Gomez.
Earlier in the season, ELAC took third place at the Santa Clara Mission College Tournament with an (82-81) win vs. No. 3 Sierra College and third place trophies at the San Francisco “Rams Classic,” the Saddleback Tournament and their own 2015 “Huskie Classic.”
ELAC defeated crosstown city rival L.A. Trade Tech (77-61) on Feb. 3 and won (51-47) at Pasadena City College behind Martinez’s four three-points shots and freshman Gabrielle Lopez’s (Montebello HS), 10 rebounds.
After the Mt. SAC showdown, the Lady Huskies will face Pasadena (Fri. 2/12, at Home, 5 pm tip-off), El-Camino-Compton (Wed. 2/17 at Home, 5 pm tip-off) and then Trade Tech, (Fri. 2/19, Away, 5 pm tip-off), before the playoffs begin. With each win, ELAC fights for a better seeding.
By: Tadzio Garcia, Contributor, EastLASportsScene.Com. & Rico Cabrera, Sr./Managing Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
Top 5 Player Season Statline (With 20 Games Played)
#2 Tiffani Martinez/FR/13.7 ppg/2.9 rebs-gm/1.3 asst-gm/1.5 stls-gm; #42 Jessica Sanchez /SO/10.3 ppg/8.4 rebs-g,/1.8 assts-gm/1.9 stls-gm/.7 blks-gm; #4 Allissa Gomez FR/8.1 ppg/2.6 rebs-gm/1.3 assts-gm/1.5 stls-gm; #10 Yasmine Tweedy SO/9.1 ppg/5.3 rebs-gm/2.5 assts-gm/2.5 stls-gm; #55 Anastasia Tsybaeva FR/5.3 ppg/3.8 rebs-gm/.3 assts-gm/.1 stls-gm/1.5 blks-gm.
Credits: ELAC Athletic Department/Women’s Basketball; California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), cccaasports.org; Tadzio Garcia, Photojournalist, Story & Photo Gallery, Contributor, EastLASportsScene.Com; Erik Sarni, Game Highlight Videography, EastLASportsScene.Com
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