The Saddleback women’s basketball team was hampered by an injury-plagued season in 2008-09 but for two players from the squad, a bit of good news came their way over the weekend. The freshman combination of Johnondra Patterson and Lindsey Sundin were awarded with all conference status when the Orange Empire Conference released its teams on Sunday.
Freshmen Johnondra Patterson (pictured above) and Lindsey Sundin (pictured below) were both named honorable mention all conference by the OEC after putting together solid freshman campaigns. Unfortunately, both players were sidelined with injuries when the season came to a close last Friday night, in a season where the injury bug caught up with the Gauchos.
Patterson finished No. 4 in the conference in rebounds, averaging 7.0 rebounds-per-game while finishing No. 3 in the conference in blocked shots. Sundin finished No. 2 in Orange Empire Conference play, averaging 1.4 blocked shots-per-game.
Both players are expected to return for their sophomore seasons in 2009-10.
The Saddleback women’s basketball team played until the end on Friday evening but came up short in losing to Riverside College, 61-60, at Saddleback Gymnasium. The Gauchos had a final shot to win the game at the buzzer, but it was off the mark and Riverside escaped out of town with the win.
Saddleback suffered another setback heading into the game when forward Lindsey Sundin was ruled out of the game with a meniscus injury, thus leaving the Gauchos with six players to start the game. Things didn’t get any better for Saddleback when they were called for 13 fouls in the first half, leaving the Gauchos further handicapped entering the final 20 minutes of play. Still, Saddleback managed to go on an 18-6 run to take a four point lead with under six minutes to play. The final blow for the Gauchos came when forward Keshia Moore fouled out of the contest with 1:45 remaining on the clock, thus leaving Saddleback with only five players.
Riverside took the lead with 14.2 seconds remaining when Maria Mesa-Nauls hit two free throws to give the Tigers a 61-60 lead. Saddleback’s desperation shot at the buzzer by Antoinette Maynard was off the mark, handing the Gauchos a season-ending loss.
Saddleback finishes the season 9-18 overall and 2-10 in Orange Empire Conference play. Riverside finishes the regular season 15-16 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
The Saddleback Gauchos played gritty basketball on Wednesday night but came up short in losing to Fullerton College, 55-44, at Saddleback Gymnasium. Lindsey Sundin (pictured) led the Gauchos with 18 points as Saddleback played inspired basketball despite being shorthanded with only seven players.
Saddleback suffered another setback last week when Johnondra Patterson was lost for the season with a foot injury, leaving the Gauchos with only two bench players to start the game. That, however, didn’t stop Saddleback from turning in one of its top efforts of the season in falling to the first place Hornets. Saddleback made things uncomfortable for the Hornets all night long and at one point closed to within eight points with three minutes remaining in the game.
Saddleback falls to 9-17 overall on the season and 2-9 in conference play with the loss. The Gauchos will finish the season at home on Friday evening when they host Riverside College at 7:30 PM.
Despite a gritty effort, the Saddleback women’s basketball came up short on Friday night in losing to Orange Coast College, 62-47, at Saddleback Gymnasium. The Gauchos kept the score within 10 points for most of the second half but were unable to make a run at the Pirates to close the gap.
Saddleback trailed 26-23 at the half but managed to score only two points in the first 4:40 of the second half to fall behind by double-digits. Orange Coast opened up the game in the final minutes, leading by as many as 18 points in the final minute.
Simone Ibbotson was the games leading scorer for Orange Coast, finishing with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting. The Pirates shot 60% from the field in the second half and outrebounded the Gauchos 43-34 on the evening.
Saddleback was led on the evening by Keshia Moore (pictured) with 13 points and nine rebounds. Lindsey Sundin chipped in with 11 points on the night for the Gauchos.
Saddleback falls to -14 overall on the season and 2-6 in Orange Empire Conference play with the loss. Orange Coast improved to 19-8 overall and 6-2 in conference play with the win.
The Gauchos will play next on the road at Irvine Valley College on Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM.
The Saddleback women’s basketball team played gritty but came up short in losing to Riverside City College, 76-66, on Wednesday night at Wheelock Gymnasium in Riverside. Freshman Keisha Cox scored 30 points in a losing effort for the Gauchos.
The game was tied at 53 with just under seven minutes to play when Riverside went on a 10-1 run to open up the game. The Tigers led by as many as 12 points during the final minute of the game.
Cox finished 9-of-26 from the floor and 4-of -11 from the three-point line in leading all scorers on the night. Maria Mesa-Nauls and LeNiece Arevalo both finished with 17 points for Riverside. Johnondra Patterson led the Gauchos with nine rebounds.
Saddleback now stands at 9-12 on the season and 2-4 in Orange Empire Conference play on the season following the loss. The Gauchos will play next at Santa Ana College on Friday night at 7:30 PM.
The Saddleback women’s basketball struggled from the field on Wednesday evening in falling to Cypress College, 68-42. The Gauchos fell to 9-10 on the season and 2-2 in conference play after shooting just 28% from the field.
Saddleback got off to a slow start in the first half when they failed to score for the first 5:35 of the game. They warmed up a bit from that point forward but still trailed 32-15 at the break.
Cypress forward Quortlyn O’Neal led the Chargers with 14 first-half-points in 15 minutes of play as the Gauchos played solid defense, holding the Cypress to just 26% from the field. The Chargers heated up in the second half and finished at 37% for the game behind the hot hand of Sequana Norris, who finished with a game-high 20 points.
Saddleback was led by Lindsey Sundin with nine points and eight rebounds. Arlene Kaleopa and Johnondra Patterson both finished with eight points apiece while Jasmine Hamilton played inspired defense, finishing with seven steals on the evening.
Saddleback falls to 9-10 on the season and 2-2 in Orange Empire Conference play withy the loss. The Gauchos will play next on Friday at Fullerton College at 5:30 PM.
Cypress improved to 15-8 on the season with the win.
The Saddleback women’s basketball team put together its best 40 minutes of the season in beating inter-district rival Irvine Valley College, 65-40, on Friday night at Saddleback Gymnasium. The Gauchos received 23 points from Keisha Cox in opening up a 1-0 lead in the inaugural President’s Cup between the district sister schools.
Saddleback jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the game and never looked back. Irvine Valley never got on track offensively all night long, shooting just 29% from the field.
Cox finished 9-for-25 from the field as the Gauchos shot 33% for the game. Cox and Johnondra Patterson both led the Gauchos with 12 rebounds apiece as Saddleback dominated on the glass, 56-45. Lindsey Sundin was a force inside for the Gauchos, finishing with four blocked shots.
Saddleback improved to 9-9 on the season with the win and 2-1 in Orange Empire Conference play. The Gauchos will play next on Wednesday at home when they host Cypress College at 5:30 PM.
Irvine Valley falls to 12-10 on the season with the loss and 0-4 in conference play.
The Saddleback College women’s basketball team opened up Orange Empire Conference play with a 78-49 win over Santa Ana College on Wednesday evening at Saddleback Gymnasium. The freshman combination of Johnondra Patterson and Keisha Cox combined to score 50 points to lead the Gauchos, as Saddleback evened its record at 8-8 on the season.
Patterson finished with 25 points, 16 of which came in the second half. She was 10-for-20 from the field as the Gauchos shot 41% from the field in the second frame.
Cox also finished with 25 points and was 7-for-16 from the field. She was also red hot from the free throw line, finishing 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Cox also led Saddleback with 11 rebounds and five assists.
The Gauchos carried a 3-point lead into halftime and early in the second half went on a 14-2 run to open up a 53-39 lead with 11:50 remaining on the clock. Saddleback never looked back and led by as many as 31 points during the second half of play.
Santa Ana was led by Barbie Toscano, who finished with 13 points. The Lady Dons fell to 7-12 on the season and 0-1 in conference play with the loss and will host Cypress College on Friday night.
The Gauchos will play again next Wednesday night when they travel to Orange Coast College for a 5:30 PM tipoff.
Saddleback (5-6) dropped an 83-64 decision to College of the Canyons (9-4) in the opening round of the Orange Coast Christmas Classic as the Gauchos were unable to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit. Keisha Cox scored 26 points, Johnondra Patterson added 13 points, Nicole Johnson snagged 10 rebounds, and Lindsey Sundin recorded four blocked shots but the Gauchos shot just 33 percent from the floor (24 of 71) while Canyons shot 43 percent (35 of 81). Saddleback will play El Camino in a consolation semifinal on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Saddleback women’s basketball team is back where they started the season after beating Victor Valley College, 81-61, on Tuesday evening at Saddleback Gymnasium. The Gauchos have now won four of their past five games to even their record at 5-5 on the season.
Saddleback sprinted to a 37-23 halftime lead behind the shooting of freshman guard Keisha Cox. Cox had 19 points in the first half before sitting out a good portion of the second half in foul trouble.
Freshman forward Johnondra Patterson and freshman guard Jasmine Hamilton both finished with 10 points apiece as the Gauchos led throughout the entire game.
Saddleback now sits at 5-5 on the season and will play next in the Orange Coast Classic this weekend at Orange Coast College.
Victor Valley falls to 3-8 with the loss. The Rams were led by Gloria Thomas, who finished with 24 points.
Saddleback won two of three games over the weekend in Santa Maria at the Bulldog Tournament to take third place with a pair of strong defensive outings.
The Gauchos (4-5) defeated Cuesta College, 65-38, in the opening round of the tournament to step up into the championship bracket before falling to Orange Empire Conference foe Fullerton, 72-42, in the semifinals. The Gauchos bounced back in the third place game to stymie Monterey Peninsula, 49-25.
"We really played well defensively, shutting down Monterey Peninsula in the second half. We actually played well in all three games but committed a couple of turnovers late in the first half against Fullerton which allowed them to get a lead at halftime," Saddleback head coach Fentriss Winn said.
The Gauchos will add a game on Tuesday, Dec. 16, when they host Victor Valley at 6:00 p.m.
The Saddleback Gauchos played arguably their best game of the 2008-09 campaign on Wednesday night in defeating Los Angeles Southwest College, 88-59. Freshman Johnondra Patterson scored 28 points to lead all scorers as the Gauchos improved to 2-4 on the season.
Saddleback shot 55% from the field and 50% from behind the arc in the first half in racing to a 22-point lead at the break. Patterson finished game 13-of-27 from the field, leading the Gauchos with 14 rebounds and four steals.
Patterson may have grabbed the headlines for Saddleback, but freshman Keisha Cox was not far behind. Cox led the Gauchos with seven assists and finished with 19 points of her own in just 24 minutes on the court. Freshman Antoinette Maynard also had a big second half for Saddleback, finishing with 14 points.
In what had been a woeful season thus far from the free throw line, Saddleback found its range from the charity stripe on Wednesday night, connecting on 12-of-14 free throws to keep the Cougars out of reach down the stretch.
The Gauchos improved to 2-4 on the season with the win and will host Los Angeles Trade Tech on Saturday night at 5:30 PM. Los Angeles Southwest fell to 3-5 with the loss.
Saddleback fell to Southwestern by a 75-64 count on Tuesday night, struggling to get the ball upcourt and also with errant shots. Despite 20 points and eight rebounds from Johnondra Patterson and 20 points and four assists from Keisha Cox, the Gauchos fell to 1-4 on the season.
The Gauchos held an early 5-2 lead before commiting four straight turnovers that led to eight points for the Jaguars and a 10-5 advantage. Saddleback was able to catch up by halftime, knotting the score at 28-28. But Southwestern's backcourt pressure built a quick 10-point cushion in the second half which Saddleback was never able to erase.
Saddleback committed 30 turnovers in the contest and was helped by 29 turnovers from the Jaguars. However, the Gauchos shot just 35 percent from the floor (23 of 65) and 48 percent from the foul line (14 of 29)
to squash their comeback chances.
The Saddleback women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season on Friday night with a 56-23 win over San Diego Mesa and it was the defense that made the difference. The Gauchos allowed Mesa to shoot just 18% from the field in shutting down an Olympian offense that managed only six points in the first half.
Johnondra Patterson led the Gauchos on offense with 16 points, finishing 7-of-18 from the field. Patterson also collected 12 rebounds along with Lindsey Sundin as Saddleback outrebounded San Diego Mesa, 57-47. Keshia Moore had the hot hand down the stretch for Saddleback, finishing with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and leading the Gauchos with three blocked shots.
It was the first win of the season for the Gauchos after a difficult three-game stretch against Los Angeles City College, Mt. San Antonio College and Chaffey College. Saddleback will have next week off for the holidays before hitting the court again on December 2 at home against Southwestern College.
Joy Tili led San Diego Mesa with seven points while Tessa Spence led the Olympians with 12 rebounds.