Hawks open Big 8 schedule at 6-0, battle SRJC for 1st place tonight
Coaches schedule difficult preconference schedules in order to prepare their teams for the rigors of conference play. Known in coaching circles as the "second season," conference play represents the most critical part of the entire regular season schedule. In short, these games mean the most; they are predominantly contests between local rivals, where the bad blood between teams is often spilled during physical play. Conference play is supposed to be difficult, physically and mentally taxing, and scattered with landmines that might potentially derail a once-promising season. Somebody obviously forgot to forward the memo to the Cosumnes River women's basketball team, who has coasted to one of their best starts in recent years, opening Big 8 play at 6-0.
Coach Coral Sage and her squad rode a six-game winning streak into Big 8 play this week, which opened on Tuesday against a talented Sierra College (14-7; 4-2) team. The Hawks backcourt played a pivotal role in CRC opening the contest with a double-digit lead, which stood through the half with Cosumnes River taking a 39-25 lead into the break. The Hawks stellar shooting from the arc worked to keep the Wolverines at bay, as CRC closed out Sierra for a huge 75-64 victory on the road. Sophomore guard Quay Quinnine (Franklin) connected on four three-pointers, scoring a game high 27 points for the Hawks. Forward Natalia Gibson (Mira Loma) also had a big night, pouring in 16 points while remaining a force on the glass.
While Tuesday night's contest was competitive, Friday's home game against rival Sacramento City (2-14; 1-5) was anything but, as the Hawks abused the Panthers over 40 minutes of play. Sac City simply had no answer for the Hawks relentless pressure defense or stellar guard play, as CRC took a seven point lead into the half, before blowing out their rival 64-38. Quinnine followed up her impressive scoring performance on Tuesday with another offensive gem, scoring 18 points while connecting on a pair of triples. Post Kortney Wright (Laguna Creek) was a huge factor inside for the Hawks, scoring 14 points while helping propel CRC to a 6-0 conference mark, and increasing their winning streak to eight games.
#6 Cosumnes River (15-4; 6-0) opens the week with their biggest test of the 2011-2012 campaign, as they host #5 Santa Rosa JC (15-5; 6-0) in a battle for sole possession of first place in the Big 8, heading into the second half of league play. The Bear Cubs are also the defending CCCAA State Champions, and Cosumnes River looks to make a statement tonight, as they continue to make their case for consideration as one of the top teams in California. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 tonight. CRC will close the week on the road against Delta (10-12; 3-3), who the Hawks defeated in the Big 8 opener.
Hawks open at 4-0 in Big 8, host rival Sac City on Friday
The Cosumnes River women's basketball team is off to one of their best starts in recent years, opening Big 8 conference play with a 4-0 record, and emerging as one of the top teams in the CCCAA. The Hawks relentless pressure on defense, in tandem with their high-octane offense, has powered CRC to a first place tie in the Big 8 standings with defending state champion, Santa Rosa.
Coach Coral Sage and her squad opened the week against crosstown rival, and perennial Big 8 power American River (1-13; 0-4), in a contest that was only competitive for the first half. The Hawks put together a subpar first 20 minutes of play, as they played the Beavers to nearly a dead heat at halftime. However, the Hawks ceased playing to the level of their competition, and tightened the clamps on defense, yielding single digits of offense from the Beavers in the second half. Through forcing turnovers on defense, and tightening up the offense in the second half, the Hawks managed to blowout the Beavers 54-31 on the road Tuesday night.
The first half struggles against American River on Tuesday appeared to follow the Hawks into Friday night's contest, as CRC hosted the struggling Vikings of Diablo Valley College (5-12; 0-4). Cosumnes River opened with a lackluster 20 minutes of play, as DVC took a 30-26 lead into the half in front of a stunned CRC home crowd. Coach Sage and her staff managed to make the necessary adjustments at halftime however, as the Hawks took charge to open the half and begin a rout of the Vikings, who fell 66-50. Sophomore standouts Natalia Gibson (Mira Loma) and Quay Quinnine (Franklin) led the Hawks offensive charge on Friday, scoring 14 and 13 points respectively. Sophomore sharpshooter Cindy Lo (Monterey Trail) also scored in double digits, pouring in 10 points, including two three-point buckets.
Cosumnes River (13-4; 4-0) opens the week with one of their toughest challenges of the season, as they head to Rocklin to face Sierra College (13-6; 3-1), on Tuesday. The Hawks will return home on Friday to host rival Sacramento City (2-12; 1-3) on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30.
Hawks blow out Butte, Quinnine named Student-Athlete of the Month
The Cosumnes River women's soccer team resumed action this past weekend, as they hosted visiting Butte College in a night contest, which capped off the Clark Classic played earlier in the day. The Hawks paced the Roadrunners (3-4) throughout, exploiting Butte's lack of athleticism with an intense transition game. The game was quickly out of hand, and Cosumnes River maintained control over the entire 40 minutes, as the Hawks coasted to an 81-39 victory on Saturday night.Cosumnes River (4-2) resumes action this weekend as they head to Fairfield to take part in the Solano Tournament at Solano Community College. The tournament begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
We'd also like to take a moment to recognize sophomore guard Quay Quinnine (Franklin) as the Student-Athlete of the Month for November. Quay was a huge factor for the Hawks over the month, playing a pivotal role on a team that went 3-2 in November, losing twice to team's ranked within the state's top 3. Quinnine was a dominant force for the Hawks offensively, scoring over 18.5 points per game while shooting over 35% from the perimeter. Quay's November included a 34 point scoring effort against Hartnell, as well as a pair of 20 point performances. We congratulate Quay Quinnine on her exceptional performance over the month of November, and wish her the best of luck moving forward this season.
Hawks fall to #2 Foothill, host Butte Saturday
The Hawks women's basketball team faced a difficult pre-season test at home last Tuesday, as Cosumnes River played host to #2 Foothill. The game was close from the opening tip, as CRC and the Owls traded buckets for most of the first half. Foothill entered the second half with a three point advantage, as they led the contest 38-35 to open the half. However, CRC had difficulty scoring from the perimeter, as Foothill pulled away in the closing minutes to defeat the Hawks 79-69. Offense was truly a team effort on this night, as four Hawks came away with double figures in points. Freshman guard Fernandi Espinosa (Bradshaw Christian) led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Elk Grove native Nikki Gordon (Franklin), who contributed 12 points of her own. Sophomore standouts Quay Quinnine (pictured above), and Natalia Gibson (Mira Loma), each contributed 11 points in the contest.
Cosumnes River (3-2) looks to rebound this weekend against visiting Butte College on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30.
Hawks defeat Siskiyous on the road, host #2 Foothill tonight
The Hawks women's basketball team headed north to College of the Siskiyous Wednesday, in their first contest since their impressive 2-1 showing at the CRC Invitational last weekend. The two squads proved to be evenly matched early in the game, as the contest was close throughout. The Hawks took a slim two-point lead into the half, and both teams were neck and neck throughout the remainder of the second half as well. Both teams would need overtime to decide this one, where the Hawks would ultimately prevail 65-63, on Wednesday night. The Hawks offense was once again paced by sophomore guards Quay Quinnine (Franklin) and Natalia Gibson (Mira Loma), who scored 21 and 10 points respectively. Sophomore guard Tina Diaz (West Campus) and freshman point guard Fernandi Espinosa (Bradshaw Christian) both scored in double-figures as well. The Hawks shot the ball well from the perimeter, as they notched 11 threes on the night, including five from Quinnine (pictured above).
Cosumnes River (3-1) looks to continue their strong 2011-2012 season as they host the Owls of Foothill later tonight, the #2-ranked team in the state. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30.
2010-2011 Hawk News:
The Hawks made the playoffs ranked 14th in the North Region!
The Hawks finished their season 15-13 overall and 7-7 in Big 8 Conference play.
Congratulations to Kelsi Meier for being selected to the 1st Team All-Big 8 Team!
2 LADY HAWKS FROM THE 2009-2010 SEASON SIGN TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL!
Miranda Melliza signed with Norte Dame de Namur University. Miranda was a team captain and played post for the Hawks and averaged 7.80 points per game, with a game high of 17.
Charissa Murakami signed with Simpson University . Charissa was a team captain and played guard for the Hawks and averaged 13.08 points with a game high of 25.
Beavers Shut Down Hawks
Cosumnes River College women's basketball team hosted American River College Tuesday evening as they were looking to take the Beavers down for the third time this year. Unfortunately, the night did not turn out like the Hawks had hoped as the Beavers who are 14-7 on the season turned the heat up and CRC buckled. AR ran away with a 75-64 win. The Hawks Charissa Murakami (Capital Christian H.S.) and Miranda Melliza (Laguna Creek H.S.) both had 17 points on the night. The team will be back in action this Friday as they travel to Santa Rosa Jr. College for a 6:00 PM Tip-Off. The team is now 4-5 in Conference and 11-10 overall.
Wolverines Slip By Hawks
Cosumnes River College women's basketball team hosted the Sierra College Wolverines last night in a Big 8 battle. The Hawks put up a great fight as the teams went back and forth in a neck 'n neck game. Near halftime Sierra started to pull away ending the first half with a 37-29 lead. CRC didn't let it bother them to much as they came back stronger in the second half and started to work on closing that gap. Charissa Murakami (Capital Christian H.S.) led the team with 22 points as they embarked on the feat. Kelsi Meier (Lodi H.S.) added 14 and Ashley Mellow-Graham had 11 points as the game came to a close. Though their valiant efforts, the Hawks came up short losing 76-68. The team is now tied with Sierra for 4th place in Conference with a 3-4 record. The team will go on the road to Modesto Jr. College this Friday as they take on the Pirates at 6:00 PM.
C. Murakami is in 3rd Place averaging 16.2 PPG (points per game)
A. Mellow-Graham is tied for 7th Place averaging 12.3 PPG
Hawks 'Takin Care of Business'
Cosumnes River College women's basketball team took on Lassen College at home Tuesday evening in an exciting battle. The Hawks took the lead early on as the teams ping ponged back and forth for the lead. As the half drew near, CRC built up an 8 point lead, taking it to the locker room 34-26. As the second half got underway, the 'dog fight' resumed. The Cougars turned up their game and took the lead 59-57 with only a few minutes left. The Hawks weren't done though, this team has so much passion and drive; they were craving victory. CRC's Kezzia Tragesser (Del Oro H.S.) hit a huge three pointer and then followed it up with two field goals to regain the lead in the final seconds and end it with a 64-61 victory. Charissa Murakami (Capital Christian H.S.) led the way with 16 points, Ashlee Graham (Capital Christian H.S.) added another 15 and on the defensive side, Miranda Melliza (Laguna Creek H.S.) snatched up 11 rebounds. With this win the team is now 3-2 on the season. They will be back in action December 11th-13th when they travel to Solano College for the Solano Tournament.
The Hawk Fighters
Cosumnes River College women's basketball team traveled to the Solano Tournament where they matched up with De Anza, Chabot, and Solano Colleges. The team took on De Anza College (1-4) Friday evening and won 60-41. Ashlee Graham (Capital Christian H.S.) had 15 points, Christina Alexander (Rio Cazadero H.S.) added another 10, and Kezzia Tregessar (Del Oro H.S.) had 8 points and 12 boards. With the win the team moved onto the Semi-Final Round where they took on Chabot (6-2). Kelsi Meier (Lodi H.S.) heated thing up with 17 points, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds as she led the way for the Hawks. K. Tragessar had a double-double night with 10 points and 12 rebounds and A. Graham tacked on another 12 points. CRC took it down to the wire and escaped with a 59-56 victory. The ladies were Championship Game bound where they would be up against the Host team, Solano. Solano College (4-4) had a rough few first weeks of their season but started to turn things around in the beginning of this tournament. Coming into the tournament the team had only won 2 out of their first 6 games. But this would be their turning point as they battled the Hawks and out-scored them 78-68. Miranda Melliza (Laguna Creek H.S.) had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Charissa Murakami (Capital Christian H.S.) had 19 points, and K. Meier rounded it up with 10 points and 8 assists. The team ended the weekend with a 2nd Place finish. They are now 5-3 on the season and will be back on the court this Friday at home when they take on the College of Sequoias. Game time scheduled for 5:00 PM.
2nd Place at CRC Invitational
The Cosumnes River College women's basketball team opened up their pre-season schedule at home as they hosted the CRC Invitational. Eight schools that attended the tournament; American River, Modesto, Yuba, Feather River, Hartnell, Redwoods, and Butte College. In the opener the Hawks took on Hartnell College. The team came out strong and put them away with a score of CRC 75 Hartnell 51. Ashlee Graham (Capital Christian H.S.) had 20 points and 8 rebounds and Charissa Murakami (Capital Christian) tacked on another 14 points as they led the team to victory. In the Semi-Final Game the team took on conference rival American River College. This was a fight all the way to the finish and into Overtime. The Hawks came together and dug deep to pull out a 75-72 victory. Ashley Graham led the way with 18 points and 4 assists, Kezzia Tragesser (Del Oro H.S.) had 13 points and 5 assists, and Shaquila Dixon (Valley H.S.) added 7 points and 13 rebounds. With this win the team was locked into the Championship Game where they were to face Butte College. Butte had shown to be very dominate at the tournament. The Hawks played their hearts out, but came up short losing 63-75. Ashlee Graham led the team again with 15 points, Charissa Murakami tacked on another 14, and Miranda Melliza (Laguna Creek H.S.) grabbed 15 rebounds. Head Coach Coral Sage had this to say, "The team played amazing! They showed so much heart and determination. All eight players played their hearts out. We are all very proud of them." With the loss the team took 2nd place on the weekend and started their season with a 2-1 overall record. The ladies will be back in action this Thursday as the team travels to Weed, CA to take on the College of the Siskiyous at 5 PM.
Hawks Soar Past Corsairs
Cosumnes River College women's basketball team opened up their season in historic style. The Hawks took on Redwood College Friday night in the Cosumnes River College Invitational and posted the school's first ever blowout. From the tip off to the final buzzer CRC ran with the games momentum. Cosumnes was hungry and ready to start the season off in the right direction. The Hawks dominated at attacking the defense and converting their plays, as well as taking advantage of the Corsairs mistakes. At half time the Hawks had a 26 point lead with the score of 42-16. Coming out of the half, it did not get much better for the Corsairs. Sophomore and captain April Nakatani (Kennedy H. S.) lead the way with 23 points on the night. "April continues to amaze me...we've put her in a new position this year as point guard and she's embraced it and continues to step it up every day," says head coach Coral Sage. Right behind April, Katie Morrison (Chico H.S.) and Sol Slay (Center H.S.) both added 12 points for the Hawks. Tonight's final school was 85-45. Redwood College's Cara Olsen (South Fork H.S.) and Amanda Malfatti (Saint Bernards H.S.) both notched 7 points each. With this win the Hawks are now 1-0 on the season and will return to winner's bracket action Saturday (Nov. 8) at 6:00 pm against Butte College.
Hawks Win Invitational
The Hawks went on a great streak this weekend, ending with a 3-0 record. The Hawks played Butte College in the semi final game and won 70-61. Miranda Melliza (Laguna Creek H.S.) led the way with 16 points and April Nakatani (Kennedy H. S.) followed closely behind with 14. With this win, the Hawks now advance to the Championship game in which they will face Yuba College. With the team playing great, the team was ready to win the whole tournament. Remaining unstoppable the team went on a great streak and ended up winning 66-55. Sol Slay (Center H.S.) collected 18 points tailed by Ashlee Mellow Graham who had 16 points and April Nakatani rounded the three with double figures up at 14 points. April Nakatani was named the Tournament MVP. On the weekend she totaled 51 points for the Hawks. Ashlee Mellow Graham and Sol Slay were named to the All-Tournament Team. "The team played very well together. Everyone stepped up and pulled everyone with them. I'm very proud of them all," said head coach Coral Sage after the great weekend. With this win the Hawks are now 3-0 on the season.
Hawks Brawl with Eagles for Win
Cosumnes River College women's basketball team continued perfection while taking on the College of the Siskiyous Tuesday evening. Coming into the match the Siskiyous were ranked 5th in northern California. Last year's matchup between these two team s left CRC blown-out, losing by 54 points. With new attitudes, new drive, and new positions for some the Hawks gave everything they had and escaped with a 69-65 victory. From the start of the game till half time Cosumnes had the upper hand and kept control. At the half the score was 34-26, CRC leading. Starting the 2nd half the Hawks started to pull away leading by more than 10 points for a couple minutes but the Eagles were not going to go down easy. With 3 minutes left to go in regulation CRC was up by 7 points, until Siskiyous Crissy Watts got hot, hitting two 3 pointers in a row bring the score to 66-62. Now only up by 4 points and both teams in bonus, with 1:04 left CRC's Miranda Melliza (Laguna Creek H.S.) was fouled and brought to the line. Her first free throw hit the back of the rim and came out rebounded by the Eagles who brought it down the floor and hit yet another 3 pointer bringing the game within one point. With 23 seconds left Sikiyous Allyson West fouled out after fouling CRC's Sol Slay who went to the line and hit her first free throw now giving the Hawks a little breathing room with the score of 67-65. Now with less than 18 seconds, the Eagles post player Swain drove to the basket and scored, but the whistle blew and she was charged with an offensive foul-no basket. The Hawks got the ball back and April Nakatani (Kennedy H.S.) received the ball on the inbound with 11 seconds to go and was fouled. Going to the line April said all she thought about was, "This is it. Sophomore year, the last time I'm going to play this school, last time to beat them, I really want to beat them. " She hit the first one in which made it a three point game, and then hit the second free throw in which sealed the game for the Hawks. The final score was 69-65. Coach Coral Sage was elated and said "I'm extremely happy, the girls played hard and fought hard the whole game. This team is playing together very well." With this win the Hawks are now 4-0 on the season and will return back to the court next Wednesday (Nov. 19) when they take on Laney College at CRC-6:00 pm.
Hawks Outlast Eagles
Cosumnes River College women's basketball team played Laney College Wednesday evening and remained perfect on the season with a 5-0 record. The Hawks came out shooting and jumped to an early lead in the first half. Laney College stayed in stride with CRC, but the team forced a lot of shots and missed some opportunities falling behind ten points going into half time, 31-21. After half, the Eagles started to show signs of fatigue. With only two subs on the bench they started to lose ground. By the middle of the second half the Eagles were barely making it up and down the court as the Hawks led at the 7:00 mark by 30 points. Despite the Eagles struggle with exhaustion and a couple of tweaked ankles the team never gave up. When the final buzzer rang, the Hawks were in front 63-38. CRC's April Nakatani (Kennedy H.S.) lead the way with 12 points, Miranda Melliza (Laguna Creek H.S.) and Shantel Thomas (Sacramento H.S./University of California-Santa Barbara) were right behind her with 10 points a piece. With this win, the Hawks stay undefeated and will return to action Friday (Nov. 21) when they travel to College of the Sequoias for a 5:00 pm game.
Hawks Roll to 6-0
Cosumnes River College women's basketball team stays undefeated after stomping on the Giant of the College of Sequoias last Friday (Nov. 21) night. The Hawks traveled to Visalia to take on the Giants whom they have never beaten under Head Coach Coral Sage. This year's team has done many things that they had not done in the 5 years Coach Sage had been at CRC and tonight would prove no different. The Hawks were 5-0 going into the match-up just coming off of a 63-38 win against Laney College last Wednesday evening. Going into a brutal battle with the Giants, the Hawks were up for the challenge. The game started out going back and forth all first half ending with CRC up by one point, 28-27. Out of halftime the Hawks took their game to the next level and started to pull away slowly. At one point the Hawks led by 14 points. As the time wound down, the Hawks started to get a little over aggressive getting themselves into foul trouble down the stretch. Despite putting the Giants on the line every time they were fouled, CRC survived winning 66-57. At the end of the game CRC had three players in double scoring figures. Shantel Thomas (Sacramento H.S./UCSB) paved the way with 13 points and 6 boards, Ashlee Mellow Graham (Capital Christian H.S.) added 11 points and 6 steals, and April Nakatani (Kennedy H.S.) rounded it up with 10 points. After the win Coach Sage had this to say about her team, "I'm very proud of the team. We went on our first road trip and played in a tough gym and had to battle a very tough team and they found a way to keep fighting..." With this win the team is now 6-0 on the season. They will be back in action this Friday (Nov. 28) when they travel to Feather River College for a 2:00 pm game.
Hawks Hartnell Classic Round-Up
The CRC women's basketball team went on the road to the Hartnell Classic and finished Consolation Champs. The ladies first game was Friday (Dec. 5) at 6:00 pm against Glendale College. Shantel Thomas led the way with (Sacramento H.S./UCSB) a double-double game-12 points and 16 rebounds. Ashlee Mellow Graham (Capital Christian H.S.) followed closely behind with 10 points. Despite the Hawks efforts, the Vaqueros snuck past the Hawks by two with a final score of 54-56. With this loss, CRC dropped into the loser's bracket. Their next game would Saturday (Dec. 6) at 4:00 pm against Santa Ana College. The Don's were on a seven game losing streak when they faced the Hawks. Getting ahead early, the Hawks stayed in the driver's seat and extended Santa Ana's streak to eight games. Shantel Thomas again led the way with 16 points and 4 steals. Sol Slay also added 10 points for the Hawks. CRC stayed alive in the tournament winning 60-58. They had now advanced into the Consolation Championship game in which would be played Sunday (Dec. 7) at 11:00 am. Their competition would be Feather River College. The two teams had just met 7 days prior and CRC won with a score of 64-60. This match up would prove no different for the Golden Eagles. With Shantel Thomas staying hot she scored 23 points, April Nakatani (Kennedy H.S.) had 15 points, and rounding up the double figures was Katie Morrison (Chico H.S.) who had 11 points and 8 rebounds. The final score of the game was 77-71. On the weekend the Hawks were 2-1 and improved their record to 9-2 overall. The women will be back in action this Wednesday (Dec. 10) when they take on Marin College at 5:00 pm at CRC.
Hawks Feed On Mariners
Cosumnes River College women's basketball was in action last night (Dec. 10) against Marin College and won by a whopping score of 85-47. Rolling into this game Marin was on a six game losing streak. They were averaging 44 points a game coming into the matchup. CRC on the other hand was on a 2 game winning streak and is averaging 66 points per game. As the whistle blew, both teams checked in their starters and the game began. The Hawks jumped out to a respectable lead right away. The Mariners only had one player on the bench, and were having a hard time keeping up with the Hawks pace. At halftime the score was 53-20. Out of the half, CRC continued to dominate extending their lead at one point by 46 points. Marin made a run between 13:00-8:29 when they outscored CRC 14-4. That was one of the only times the Mariners got a hot hand all game. As regulation time ended the final score was 85-47. April Nakatani (Kennedy H.S.) led the way with 13 points, Sol Slay (Center H.S.) followed closely behind with 12, and Felicia Patterson (Davis H.S.) added 10. For Marin College, Zay Harrell (Novato H.S.) had 14 points and Annie Chin (Albany H.S) had 11. With this win, the Hawks are now 10-2 overall and will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Solano for a tournament.
Hawks Record: 21-11
Shantel Thomas Signs With Pacific
Hawks' Center Shantel Thomas will continue her college basketball career at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif next year. Thomas averaged 13.6 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game in her one year here as a Hawk.
Congratulations and Good Luck!