The Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team got off to a 9-1 start but for most the jury was still out. The Coyotes non-conference schedule was not particularly tough and most of the teams they had beaten in CCAA play were average at best.
But coach Kevin Becker’s team picked up an impressive win, beating Chico State 61-56 tonight at Coussoulis Arena. That’s a quality victory over one of the perennial conference powerhouses often in the national picture as well.
It was an entertaining game, not one that sometimes happens on the women’s side where it’s more about missed shots and turnovers than big buckets.
Both teams played well. The Wildcats shot 47.9 percent and had one more field goal than the Coyotes who shot 33.8. But Cal State made up for that with a 41-33 advantage on the boards which included a huge 20-7 cushion on the offensive glass.
Cal State also had just 7 turnovers to 14 for Chico State.
Eisha Sheppard was the star once again with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Sabrina Gonzalez and Amber Glasser tallied 14 and 13 respectively, each hitting three 3-pointers.
This is the most balanced and well-rounded team Becker has had in awhile and it’s worth watching!