The City College of San Francisco women’s basketball team came into the California Community College Athletic Association Championship game with one of the most prolific offenses in the state, averaging 74 points a game.
However, in the state title game against Santa Rosa, the Rams’ high-scoring offense was nowhere to be found in a 52-45 loss.
The Rams’ inability to put the ball in the basket ultimately was their downfall in their bid for a first state championship, despite their defense holding Santa Rosa (28-6) to 34 percent shooting for the game,
“It’s about executing, and we didn’t execute like we usually do,” said Shawnte Taylor, playing in her last game as a Ram. “We have to give credit to Santa Rosa, they play hard, but we didn’t capitalize on our free throws.”
For the game, the Rams shot 12-of-26 from the free-throw line, just another downer to a horrid offensive day.
Northern California Player of the Year Janis Peterson came into the game averaging 22.5 points a game, but she had a forgettable night.
Peterson shot 1-for-17 and scored only three points on the night.
CCSF (27-6) as a team shot 24 percent for the contest, including 3-for-22 from 3-point range.
“Santa Rosa is physical team, they work really hard, and gave us some problems,” Rams coach Jamie Hayes said. “We held them to 52 points, but obviously we have to score some points. In the end, it wasn’t enough.”
Taylor, who played at Wallenberg High School, led the Rams with 15 points and eight rebounds. Her three-point play with 10:32 left in the game brought CCSF within three at 39-36.
That was as close as they’d get as Santa Rosa guard Mia Greco, who was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player Award, drained a 3-pointer to push the score to 47-41 with under five minutes left.
The Bearcubs were solid from the charity stripe down the stretch to finish 16-of-22 for the game, clinching their second state championship in the school’s history.
Despite the disappointment and bitter ending, Hayes found positives on the team’s postseason run.
“Our season overall was great. We achieved a conference championship, and made it to the final game,” Hayes said. “I’m real proud of what the team accomplished this season.”