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Jessup women split pair of key contests

By: Staff Report
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The William Jessup women's basketball team split a pair of games last week as it looked to to get in the race for second place in the California Pacific Conference. Thursday night's game was critical for the Warriors but CSU Maritime was too much to handle as the Lady Warriors fell 62-53. CSU Maritime came in Thursday night having lost its last two games, both by double-digit margins to Menlo College and Holy Names University. The Warriors came in having won their last two games over Pacific Union College in Angwin and Simpson University. The Keelhaulers jumped out to an early lead but the teams went back and forth for most of the opening half. CSU Maritime surged to an eight-point advantage on a 3-pointer by Alexsis Brown before the Warriors climbed back into the game, finally taking the lead into halftime after a lay-up by Aleta Stamps with 24 seconds left made it 25-23. The squads exchanged the lead nine times and the game was tied six times in the second half. The Keelhaulers took control in the final 1:43 of the half, as Brown gave CSU Maritime the lead for good with a free throw at 54-53. From there, she went on to score five out of the final eight Keelhauler points as they held the Warriors scoreless down the stretch for the win. Cassie Davidson led WJU with 15 points, while Brown led the Keelhaulers with a double-double, which featured a game high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Ashley Rose had 12 points and Meghan Huckaby added eight for the Warriors in the loss. Lauren Westbrook scored 15 for the Keelhaulers. "Tough loss for us tonight," said head coach Guin Boggs. "We couldn't get anything going offensively and down the stretch Maritime executed and we did not." William Jessup went into Scotts Valley Saturday night trying to get a first-ever accomplishment since moving to Rocklin - a season sweep over Bethany University. In the first half, the Warriors kept the Bruins at an arms length on the strength of hitting eight 3-pointers. The Warriors led at intermission 31-25 and then quickly pushed their lead to double digits in the second stanza. The Warriors cruised to the 71-51 win. Stamps led the Warriors with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Alexandria Westbrook and Stephanie Nelson led the Bruins with 13 points apiece. Nicole Aboumrad had 14 points for the Warriors in the win. "This is a great road victory for us," Boggs said. "The girls are playing hard and we are executing the system." The next game for William Jessup is Thursday against Menlo College in Atherton. Game time is set for 6 p.m.