By Ray Hamill — The Corsairs finally got to play in front of a home crowd in women’s basketball on Tuesday afternoon, as they rolled to a comfortable 79-49 win over Mendocino.
The College of the Redwoods women came out a little sluggish but quickly settled into the game and took control with a dominating second quarter that saw them outscore the visitors 25-9.
“It was good to be at home,” assistant coach Darren Turpin said. “All of the girls were excited. We’ve been on the road for the first third of the season.”
Ashley Quigley continued to set the tone for the home team, scoring a team-high 25 points as the Corsairs opened up a 26-point lead before halftime and never looked back.
As the only sophomore on this year’s team, Quigley has taken on a much bigger leadership role and has lived up to the billing.
“She just continues to be the leader on this team night in and night out,” Turpin said.
The Corsairs were missing guard Gracie Betts through injury, but Pisa Fonoti and Rachel Valdez picking up some of the slack in her absence and played well with big contributions from each.
Likewise with Kathryce Danzuka, who has quickly emerged as a key player on this team and had a good afternoon against the Eagles, finishing with 17 points.
“She started to catch some rhythm as the game went along,” Turpin said of the Oregon player. “She’s playing with a lot of assertiveness, and we’re a much better team when she’s playing like that.”
Fonoti added 10 points in the win, as the Corsairs ended a two-game losing skid and improved to 8-5.
“We’ve been getting better every week,” Turpin said. “We’ve been talking about keeping our energy level up for 40 minutes and staying focused. Everyone is taking the right steps to make this team better. We’re getting there.”
Next up, the Corsairs will host Merritt College on Friday in a game that has been switched from Saturday.
Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Turpin said Betts is day to day.