Huge Fourth Quarter Propels No. 17 Chargers Past Pirates

Huge Fourth Quarter Propels No. 17 Chargers Past Pirates

By Wes McCurtis

COSTA MESA, CA –The No. 17 Cypress College women's basketball team (14-5, 2-0 OEC) completed an impressive 72-59 comeback victory on the road over Orange Coast College (13-8, 1-2 OEC) on Wednesday night.

Sylvia Garcia led the way for the Chargers with a game-high 24 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 steals. Garcia has notched back-to-back games with at least 20 points and 15 rebounds to begin Orange Empire Conference play. Dominique Culhno finished with 20 points and 4 steals. Joi Bertrand added 10 points to lead the Cypress bench.

The Chargers trailed the Pirates 46-42 at the start of the fourth quarter. However, the fourth quarter belonged to the Chargers as they held Orange Coast without a field goal for over 8 minutes. Cypress went on a 14-5 run to take control of the game powered by Culhno and Alyssa Movchan. Despite early struggles at the foul line, the Chargers knocked down 15-of-17 free throws to close out the game down the stretch.

Women's basketball will return to action in their OEC home opener on Friday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. against the Irvine Valley Lasers.

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