With its best offensive showing of the conference season, the Cal State Stanislaus women's basketball team easily claimed a 96-73 victory over visiting Cal State L.A. Friday night at Fitzpatrick Arena.
Katie Busi scored a season-best 28 points and freshman Lauren Godde had her best games in her young career as the Warriors keep pace in the CCAA standings to improve to 7-6 in league play. The Warriors, 9-8 overall, stayed tied for sixth with Humboldt State.
The Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles, losers of five straight, fall to 6-11 overall and 3-10 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. CSULA was led by Sonia Miller with 16 points and Lacey Ramon chipped in 15.
The 96-point out-pour is the Warriors' best in a conference game since beating Cal State L.A., 105-57, in 1999. Stanislaus past the century mark on Nov. 20, 2010, in a 100-46 win over Cal Maritime.
Busi amassed her totals with many nice inside moves and clean layups on 12-for-17 shooting. The two-time All-CCAA senior center also grabbed 12 rebounds for her 31st career double-double. Busi, now with 1,239 career points, needs just seven points today’s game to surpass Lysandra Williams for third in the CSUS top 10 list.
Godde notched her collegiate career best with 17 points while pulling seven rebounds, five of them offensive. The freshman from Jackson was a proficient 8-for-11 from the field with a three-pointer.
"It was a great performance by (Lauren). She played well and is being more aggressive around the basket," Warriors head coach Sharon Turner said of Godde.
Another bright spot was senior guard Christin Gowan, who tied her career-best with nine assists. Now with 274 assists, she moved up to second on the top-10 list, passing Shristy Kumar. Gowan also had seven points, six rebounds and four steals for a nice all-around game.
The Warriors held Cal State L.A. scoreless for the final 4:31 of the first half to turn a 10-point game into a 51-30 Stanislaus lead at the break.
An 18-7 run to begin the second half quickly turn it into a 32-point Stanislaus advantage en route to the rout. Cal State Stanislaus maintained its lead in the 20s the rest of the way. Cal State L.A. got as close as within 19 points after a pair of Alisha Belt free throws at 3:08 left to play.
For the game, the Warriors dominated on the rebounds out-dueling L.A. 43 to 26, including 19 offensive rebounds, with was a key to the win, said Turner. Defensively, the Warriors forced 27 L.A. turnovers with 19 steals.
The Warriors will look for another weekend sweep with a win tonight against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Gowan had 17 points in a 79-53 Stanislaus win when the teams met on Dec. 30, 2010, in Carson. CSUDH lost at Chico State, 55-42, Friday.