Sacramento, CA- Cosumnes River College took on a Big 8 Conference opponent in the Sacramento City College Panthers for the first time during the 2017-2018 season. With multiple players out, the Hawks unveiled two players that took the court for the first time during the season. Erica Oswald (#10) and Yasmine Trevizo (#25) made their season debuts for the Hawks women's basketball with Trevizo getting the start and Oswald coming off the bench.
Micaela Dagler, Trina Shaner, and Brookelyn Larkin played all 40 minutes for the shorthanded Hawks squad. Guard Alexiza Liddell got a short break, but still played 35 minutes. Cosumnes River played a 3-2 zone, but was undersized in the post against a taller Panthers team. Trina Shaner and Micaela Dagler did admirably down low, not allowing the Panthers many baskets down low. The duo combined for 13 rebounds despite facing taller Panther players.
Leading the Hawk offense was Brookelyn Larkin who shot 47.8% from the field resulting in 25 points for the home team. Trina Shaner added in 10 points followed closely behind by Alexiza Liddell's 9 points. Newcomer Yasmine Trevizo added 4 points in her debut for the Hawks. Micaela Dagler contributed 4 points on 2-2 shooting as well as grabbing 4 offensive rebounds.
The Hawks fought hard, but were unable to overcome the Panther's fresh legs throughout the game. After the first quarter the Hawks were down 11-19, as the Panthers hit a buzzer beating 3 point shot to increase their lead to 8 points. The Hawk offense struggled in the second and third quarters which resulted in the Panthers going into the 4th quarter with a solid lead. However, Cosumnes River fought until the end and outscored the Panthers in the fourth quarter 22-14. Brookelyn Larkin ended the night with a buzzer beating layup for the Hawks.
Jennifer Jacobs, an Assistant Coach for the Hawks, recounted after the game, "I was very happy with the way the girls played. Adding two new players to the roster a day before the game is anything but easy. But the girls fought through the adversity and played a very good game. It's a lot to ask to have 3 girls play 40 minutes and another one playing 35, but they did it and I could not be happier for how they handled it."
Up Next- The Hawks go back on the road for their 4th game of the conference season to take on the Bear Cubs of Santa Rosa Junior College. After the Santa Rosa game, the Hawks return home for a four game home stand. Game time for Thursday's game is 5:30 pm.