The College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team posted an impressive win over a highly-ranked Butte team to tip off the Golden Valley Conference on Saturday afternoon and cap a sensational day for the school’s two programs.
Earlier, the CR men rallied to beat Butte 89-81 in overtime to get the day’s action under way, before the women took to the court and posted a huge 79-72 victory over the same school.
The women’s result was arguably even more impressive, coming against a Butte team that came into the game ranked No. 18 in the state, one spot higher than the Butte men.
More importantly it gives the Corsairs a huge boost as they begin conference play and was their most impressive win of the season thus far.
Like the men, the CR women also had to overcome some adversity on the way to victory, blowing an almost 20-point lead before responding late to pull out the hard-fought win.
Ashley Quigley led the way offensively with 23 points, as the Corsairs won their fourth straight game, and for the 11th time in 12 games.
Quigley overcame a slow start to find her rhythm, scoring four big second-half 3-pointers.
Dennise Horton also had a big game with 17 points, while Abiona Katri had her most impressive outing in a while, finishing with 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
“She had a burst of energy I haven’t seen from her in a while,” head coach Jain Tuey said of the former St. Bernard’s standout.
Point guard Bree Northern also had a good game for the Corsairs, hitting some big shots in the first half, as Redwoods started the stronger of the two teams and ran out to a big lead early.
“She just played like a sophomore leader today,” Tuey said of Northern. “I felt she brought a lot of good energy.”
So too did Theresia Dickey and Brianna Green, particularly on the defensive end, while Juliana Ortega-Miranda gave the team some solid minutes off the bench after just recently returning from injury.
“We stayed composed,” Tuey said.