Rangely, Colo. – After falling to Snow College on Thursday, CSI women’s basketball bounced back with an 84-53 road win over Colorado Northwestern Community College on Saturday.
Two minutes in, Colorado Northwestern jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but CSI roared back to take a 26-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained its lead for the duration.
The Golden Eagles shot just 31 percent on two-point tries, but made nine of their 21 three-point attempts on the night, and five different players made at least on three.
“We missed some easy short ones today. That hurt our field goal percentage. But we shot much better from outside today, and we attacked more often,” said CSI head coach Randy Rogers.
Freshman forward Tiena Afu led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 15 points, and also pulled down nine rebounds. She shot just 2-for-11 from the field, but converted on 11 of her 12 free throw attempts.
Sophomore guard Brianna Osorio also added 11 points and 14 rebounds, marking her fourth double-double of the year, and swiped four steals. Osorio has finished in double-figure scoring in 18 of the Golden Eagles’ 20 games this year, and ranks sixth in NJCAA with 3.8 steals per game.
After missing time with a foot injury, sophomore point guard Anna Jofresa matched her season-high with nine points and three three-pointers. After starting the first 11 games of the year, Jofresa’s minutes have been limited lately as she recovers from the injury.
“It was good to see Anna hit some shots today. We need that from her. That’s what she gave us before her injury. The injury happened close to Christmas break, so she went a while without being able to condition. She’s getting back into the swing of things,” said Rogers.
As a team, CSI forced 28 turnovers on the night and out-rebounded the Spartans by 15. After shooting just nine free throws against Snow College, the Golden eagles shot 23 against Colorado Northwestern.
“We had much more of an attacking mindset today. We brought pressure on defense, and it got to them a little bit. That was difference today. We didn’t settle for jump shots, and we got after it on defense,” said Rogers.
With the win, CSI improves to 13-7 on the year, and 4-2 in conference play. The Golden Eagles are back in action when they host No. 7 Salt Lake Community College on Tuesday, and look to avenge a 12-point loss from January 14.