IMPERIAL — In their second game of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play, the Imperial Valley College Arabs were unable to withstand the ferocious attack of the San Bernardino Valley College Wolverines, causing a loss of 66-44 at the DePaoli Sports Complex in Imperial Friday night.
IVC Center, Roxanna Olivos, put the first two points on the board for the Arabs after coming down with an offensive rebound and following it up with a quick put back for an early 2-0 lead.
But San Bernardino Valley would counter with six unanswered points to go up 6-2, with shooting guard Jaida Howard contributing a steal, a jumper, and a lay-in during the rally.
A swish from the left elbow and a pull up from the right wing by Olivos (IVC’s leading scorer of the night with 11 points) would tie the game up at 6-6. Arabs Point Guard Marley Garcia would add a layup to give IVC the lead at 8-6.
After knocking in a free throw and reclaiming the lead at 10-8, the Wolverines went on a 17-7 run with Howard leading the pack dropping in seven more points on a slashing layup, put back, and three-point-play to close out the first quarter ahead 27-15.
In the second quarter, IVC attempted to feed off Garcia’s first quarter buzzer beater for momentum, but they were stifled by San Bernardino Valley’s tenacious defense that only surrendered eight points in the entire period.
Howard, the game’s leading scorer, sank in 29 points on the night, claiming 11 in the second quarter and a commanding 44-23 Wolverine advantage halftime.
An evenly-matched third quarter displayed IVC’s defense persistence holding San Bernardino Valley to only 12 points in the period. But the woes continued on the other side of the ball for IVC, as the offensive rhythm eluded the shooters who netted only 12 points themselves, still down 54-33 going into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, the Arabs played their best ball of the contest by outscoring the Wolverines 11-10, however, the early damage was insurmountable as San Bernardino Valley took home the 66-44 victory.
“Our confidence will come the harder we work,” said IVC Women’s Basketball Head Coach Donnye Ross. “Part of the problem here is that there aren’t many girls that even go out, so we are not able to get after it like we could and should. We use a men’s practice team that comes in to work with us. I am excited about the growth potential that we have here,” he added.
The Arabs will play a double header Friday, Jan. 13 as the women take on Palomar at 5 p.m. followed by the men’s squad clashing with Southwestern at 7 p.m.