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Livingston takes WAC

Nina Garcia scored 12 points for Livingston in the team's Western Athletic conference victory over Patterson on Monday.  The Wolves clinched the WAC title with the victory.
Nina Garcia scored 12 points for Livingston in the team's Western Athletic conference victory over Patterson on Monday. The Wolves clinched the WAC title with the victory. Modesto Bee

LIVINGSTON -- Olivia Andam spent most of the night playing the role of a cheerleader.

Three first-quarter fouls forced the Livingston senior to spend the bulk of her Monday night parked on the bench.

Meanwhile, her teammates were battling Patterson with a Western Athletic Conference championship on the line.

"It was so hard," Andam said. "I had so much adrenaline. I was ready to get in there, but my coach made the decision to save me for later in the game."

Good decision.

Andam gave the Wolves their first lead of the game with a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter before fouling out less than a minute later.

Her teammates held on defeat Patterson 47-43 to win their second consecutive WAC championship.

"It's a lucky shot for me," Andam said. "It felt good when it left my hand."

Livingston (12-2 WAC, 19-4 overall) overcame a seven-point halftime deficit despite using only seven healthy players -- with both Andam and fellow starter Ashlee Thompson in foul trouble.

"It wasn't my dream scenario," Livingston coach Luciana Naldi said. "We used every defense we had and this team did everything they could to fight."

Denise Pulido and Nina Garcia both scored 12 points apiece for Livingston.

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