ECC women’s basketball team offensive struggles continue in loss to Glendale College


El Camino College women’s basketball guard Alexia Mason attacks the basket against Glendale College defenders during their game on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Mason recorded a double-double in the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Viridiana Flores/The Union

In the opening of the new El Camino College Gymnasium Complex, ECC’s women’s basketball team lost to Glendale College on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The Warriors trailed 16-14 at the end of the first quarter but shot a combined 6-for-28 as a team in the second and third quarters to muster 15 points. ECC entered the fourth trailing by 12 as the Vaqueros went on to win 61-47.

“Sometimes it just comes down to making shots [and] we’re still missing an identity with what we want to do offensively,” Warriors’ coach Steve Shaw said.

ECC will participate in the Cypress Tournament at Cypress College from Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 8, with teams and times to be announced.

“We’re just not all on the same page some of the times right now and that’s a part of the growth process,” Shaw said. “We’re a young team with a bunch of new players playing together.”

In what was a sloppy game on both sides, both teams combined for 36 turnovers. ECC out-rebounded Glendale College 35-32 and had more points in the paint 28-20 but the Warriors cold shooting stretch in the second and third quarters ended up being the difference in the game.

“Coach Shaw does a really good job running motion on offense, off-screens and getting his girls to move so its not an easy cover,” Vaqueros’ coach Joel Weiss said. “We just tried to stay active and pressure their scorers and try to take away what they do best.”

Vaqueros’ forward Gloria Bianchi did everything for Glendale College on the court being the vocal leader defensively and communicating to her team on defensive rotations.

“[The Warriors] have options, they move the ball fast and if you’re a step slow they have penetration angles,” Weiss said. “[Love her play style], she’s just a competitor and works really hard and can’t say enough great things about her,”

Bianchi finished the game with a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double. Fellow Vaqueros forward Tess Oakley-Stinson had a game-high 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, five rebounds and two assists.

“Sometimes the ball doesn’t go in and plays don’t work so you have to keep up with the struggle,” Bianchi said. “You always need someone that is loud and brings up the intensity a little bit and I try to do it for my team.”

Warriors’ guard Alexia Mason played all 40 minutes in the game notching an 11 point, 10 rebound double-double on 4-of-9 shooting. Warriors’ forward Jessie Hoffsmith led the team in scoring with 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals.


Editor’s note: Punctuation mistakes were corrected on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3:56 p.m. 

Editor’s note: Punctuation mistakes were corrected on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 1:27 p.m.