Women’s basketball team takes home opener over West L.A. College


Warriors’ sophomore guard Kyla Jolly dribbles past two Wildcats after getting the rebound during a home game on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Photo credit: Jo Rankin

The referee tosses the ball in the air, the game begins and the women’s basketball team goes on a 10-2 run, forcing West L.A. College to call a timeout.

The Warriors started the game with great energy and never gave up the lead once it was in their grasp early in the first quarter.

“You know it was the first home game and the other night when we played we came out slow and we got down early,” coach Steve Shaw said. “We wanted to come out and establish ourselves early with a little bit of aggressiveness.”

That aggressiveness helped lead the women’s basketball team to a 64-48 win against West L.A. College Tuesday night, putting them at 3-2 early in the season.

The Warriors built up their lead with the help of their three-point shooting (43.8 percent) making 7-16 of their shots in the first half.

“The three-point shot is just such a big part of the game nowadays.” Shaw said. “All of our girls can step out and shoot from the perimeter and that could cause some problems for teams.”

The standout player of the game was Warrior’s freshman guard Meghan Peneueta with 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and tied for the team high in points with 14.

“I felt good,” Peneueta said. “I was really excited coming into the game being the home opener. I was just really excited.”

“Meghan is so active, she was pretty motivated today,” Shaw added. “She has an understanding of the game and that helps her on the offensive end and it’s showing on the defensive end as well.”

West L.A. College turned the ball over 26 times with the Warriors taking advantage scoring 25 of their 64 total points from those turnovers.

West L.A. drops to 2-3 on the season and will face Palomar College (5-1) on Dec. 4, while El Camino hosts College of the Desert next Tuesday at home at 5 p.m.

“Our goal for next Tuesday is to try and be better than we were today,” Shaw said. “We have to come out and each time work to get better.”