Stanislaus women stay hot at home

TURLOCK -- After winning in double overtime the night before, the Cal State Stanislaus women's basketball team was determined to sweep the weekend Saturday.

By beating Monterey Bay 75-64, the Warriors dispatched consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association opponents at home for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

"(Friday's) game built more confidence," senior guard Shristy Kumar said. "We had good chemistry. We had goals we needed to work on in addition to our team goals, and the entire time we were out there we were working on our individual goals."

Scott Behrs made two free throws with 1.3 seconds left in Saturday's men's game to give Stanislaus a wild 78-76 victory over Monterey Bay to cap the night.

One of the goals for the women was limiting turnovers, and Stanislaus committed 19 on Saturday -- just the second time this season it has given the ball up less than 20 times.

Head coach Sharon Turner-Dean said the Warriors' concentration on defense is starting to pay off.

"The last three weeks, we've worked on nothing but defense," Turner-Dean said. "We made plays and rotations this game we wouldn't have made three weeks ago."

Kumar scored a game-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers. The Warriors (4-6, 2-2 CCAA) got 3-pointers at timely moments as the Otters kept pressuring. Stanislaus led by as much as 16 points twice in the first half, but Monterey Bay (1-9, 0-4 CCAA) pulled within five, at 65-60 with 2:12 left. Stanislaus went 10-for-12 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

"I think the biggest thing was we didn't get nervous," Kumar said. "We weren't scared. We didn't panic. ... We crushed them off the bat."


STANISLAUS 75, MONTEREY BAY 64 -- It's not often a game turns on a loose ball foul.

But Monterey Bay's Joe Mitchell grabbed Scott Behrs as he went for defensive rebound with less than two seconds remaining in the first half to send one of the Warriors' ace free-throw shooters to the line.

Behrs improved to 19-for-22 from the line on the season. The points were his only two of the game as he sat out the bulk of the second half in foul trouble.

"He grabbed my arm. I had the ball with both hands," Behrs said. "I'm just glad that when not enough people got to play their best game, guys like Rick Cardoso played they best games to carry us."

Cardoso scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Among Calvin Westbrook's 12 points were four free throws, giving him a school record 31 consecutive made free throws. He topped the mark set by current Modesto Junior College coach Paul Brogan, who was in the stands, from 1988-89.