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Warrior women extend winning streak
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The Cal State Stanislaus women's basketball team extended its conference win streak to five games after a relatively easy win over Cal State East Bay, 73-49, Friday night at Fitzpatrick Arena.
Katie Busi notched her 28th career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors improved to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Andreanna Marshall added 15 points and Christin Gowan, the CCAA women's basketball player of the week, chipped in 12 points with seven assists and three steals.
"Katie had a good night and it was nice for her to not have deal with being in foul trouble," CSUS head coach
Sharon Turner said.
The win is the Warriors' fifth straight against a CCAA opponent. They are also 10-2 in their last 12 conference games dating back to the end of last season when they ended the 2009-10 campaign on a five-game winning streak.
The high-flying Warriors turned away a resilient East Bay team in the first half. The Pioneers hung close until a 14-2 Stanislaus run that ended the half with a 38-27 lead.
"In the first half we looked really flat and we cannot do that in our conference, the CCAA is too good," Turner said.
However, the stifling Warrior defense took over to start the second half. While creating turnovers with the pressure defense, the Warriors capitalized with easy layups and solid shot selections. A 12-3 run during the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half gave Stanislaus a 20-point, 50-30, lead.
Cal State Stanislaus cruised the rest of the way — and led by as many as 34 points with about five minutes left to play — for its sixth win in the last seven games since dropping a pair to Chico State during Thanksgiving week.
Busi was 8-for-12 from the field in hitting her eighth straight double-digit scoring game. It was also the fourth time she's scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Busi also had four blocked shots and four steals and nailed four of five free throw attempts.
Cal State East Bay is still looking for its first win and dropped to 0-11 overall and 0-7 in the CCAA. The Pioneers were led by Marlene Macmillan with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Warriors look to continue their win-streak tonight when they host UC San Diego (7-7, 5-2 CCAA). The Tritons beat Chico State, 73-53, Friday night in Chico.
"Against UC San Diego, we will have to play better defense and box out, they are a very physical and aggressive team," Turner added.
Tipoff against UC San Diego is at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Fitzpatrick Arena.