CR women win two of three at San Jose tourney

File photo – Kathryce Danzuka

The College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team won for the fourth time in five games on Wednesday, closing out the San Jose Tournament with a 65-63 win over Siskiyous.

The Corsairs had to overcome a sluggish start to the game on the way to the victory, but they stepped up late with Rachel Valdez and Ashley Quigley each nailing a pair of clutch late free throws to help seal the win.

Quigley scored a team-high 24 points in the win, while teammate Gracie Betts chipped in 12 points.

Earlier in the tournament, the Corsairs fell 92-72 to Fresno, the No. 2 team in the state, and then responded with an 81-59 victory over Pasadena on Tuesday.

One of the things that impressed head coach Jain Tuey at the three-day event was the contributions she got from several different players.

“We had girls stepping up each day,” said the head coach, who added that she was really pleased with the performances, especially after taking Christmas week off.

Quigley finished with 20 points against Fresno, while Josie Peterson added 13 points and Makaila Napoleon 12.

Valdez and Kathryce Danzuka both had big performances against Pasadena, combining for 10 of the team’s 11 3-pointers.

Valdez finished with a team-high 24 points, including four 3-pointers, while Danzuka had 22 points, including six 3s.

“We have moments right now where we have little lulls,” Tuey said. “But (against Pasadena) we were able to maintain and keep our lead and it definitely showed that the girls are getting it mentally and are able to hold on to a lead.”

Tuey was also pleased with the contributions she got in the post in the latter two games, with Peterson, Napoleon and Nas-Che-Wen Hunsucker all stepping up their game.

The Corsairs, who are now 11-6, won’t play again until Jan. 8, when the CR men’s and women’s teams host Feather River in their conference openers.

The women tip off at 1 p.m. and the men at 3.

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