The College of Marin Women's Basketball team has had a number of games this season with a slow start and a fast finish. Tuesday's game against Yuba was the opposite. Marin's opening 20 minutes were some of their finest of the season, but the final 20 undid all the positive work in a 91-49 home loss.
The Mariners started out strong, moving the ball well and knocking down shots. They held a 9-8 lead over the visitors five minutes into the game. Yuba responded with a big 17-2 run to take a 25-11 first quarter lead, but Marin hung in there. The Mariners rallied in the second quarter and cut the lead to nine at halftime 33-24. Their second quarter defense was exemplary, holding Yuba to just eight points.
Marin's scoring was balanced in the first half as well as Ureka Abbushi had a pair of three pointers while Regan Andel had seven points down low. The Mariners forced turnovers and pressured Yuba to make big plays to score.
Unfortunately, Yuba proved to be a sleeping giant that awoke in the third quarter. Yuba Sophomore Kylie Daniels camped in the right corner and made five three pointers in the third. She finished with 31 points on 9-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Yuba held a 66-32 advantage after three quarters and expanded that to 91-42 at the final buzzer.
Despite the loss, there were several good signs for the Mariners, the starting and only five of Marin were energetic and moved the ball very well in the first half. Tori Buckley had another excellent all-around game with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks. Daniella Cerruti had 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals while Abbushi added six points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Marin travels to Contra Costa College on Thursday, January 12th for conference play at 5:30PM.