SANTA ROSA -- The Modesto Junior College women were presented with arguably their stiffest challenge of the season a Big 8 Conference road game against Santa Rosa, Northern California's top-ranked team.
The Pirates couldn't find the range on offense Tuesday night, and that was that.
The result was a 59-35 loss and the lowest output of the season for MJC (14-5, 13-2). Both teams were yielding only 63 points a game, but the Pirates hit only a pair of 3-pointers. They fell off the pace after trailing the Bear Cubs (17-6, 5-0) 25-17 at halftime.
Jode Johnson topped Modesto with 11 points and Camille Roberts had 10.
SANTA ROSA 92, MJC 74 The Pirates netted 15 triples but, outmatched near the basket, were overpowered by the No. 2-ranked Bear Cubs.
Guard Mike Hill accounted for five of the 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for Modesto (9-9, 1-4). Santa Rosa (17-4, 5-0), winner of nine straight, limited forward Brenden Evans to only six points, however, and feasted on 18 of 27 free throws.
"They took away everything from us inside," MJC coach Paul Brogan said. "We had no choice but to shoot from outside."
Point guard Alex Rivera picked up 12 points for the Pirates and Tashawn Mabry hit for 10.