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Sunday, 14 February 2016 07:32

BALANCED ATTACK KEEPS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PERFECT IN CONFERENCE

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BALANCED ATTACK KEEPS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PERFECT IN CONFERENCE

UC MERCED, CA - A mere 48 hours after five players on the University of California, Merced women's basketball team scored double-digit points, the Bobcats managed to top that statistic, putting six players over that plateau in a comfortable 84-56 victory over Pacific Union College Saturday night.

The final score was comfortable, but there was a time in the third quarter where the Bobcats had yet to start pulling away. In fact, PUC started the second half on a 10-0 run and briefly took a 36-34 lead with 6:55 remaining in the quarter. PUC would again lead 38-36 a littleĀ later, but that would be the last time the team would come close. UC Merced pulled away, leading 59-44 at the end of the third, then ending the fourth quarter by holding PUC scoreless for the final 5:15.

Christina Castro was dynamite again off the bench for the Bobcats, scoring a team-high 15 points on 5-9 shooting while adding four assists.Shelby Howard (14 points), Jecenia Trinidad (13 points, five assists, four rebounds, four steals), Mia Shannon (12 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks),Courtney Danna (11 points, three rebounds, three assists, ), andBrittany Martinez (ten points, eight rebounds, four blocks) all helped the Bobcats remain undefeated in conference play this season.

While the first half wasn't the quick start out of the gate the team was expecting, their second half more than made up for it. UC Merced shot 56% from the floor over the final 20 minutes and finished the game with a scorching hot 44% field goal percentage.

With the victory, UC Merced heads into next Sunday's matchup with California Maritime Academy with a chance to finish conference play with a perfect 8-0 record. The team has already shattered last season's conference wins record of five. The game against Cal Maritime starts at 2:00 PM

http://www.ucmercedbobcats.com/article/726.php

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