The Solano women’s basketball team finished the preseason with a bang and heads into Bay Valley Conference play with plenty of momentum after topping Cosumnes River College 74-71 in the third place game of the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic at De Anza College on Monday.
Denisha Lundy was named to the all-tournament team. The sophomore guard averaged 20.3 points, 3.6 assists and 4 rebounds per game in the three contests and connected on 13 of 23 3-point attempts.
Solano came out strong against Cosumnes River, a team it played in the semifinals of the Solano Showdown earlier in the month, building a 12-0 lead and eventually leading 55-33 midway through the second half. But the Hawks didn’t give up. The team applied a full court press and capitalized on Solano turnovers and mistakes in the closing minutes. But time eventually ran out and the Falcons prevailed to take home the third-place plaque.
“We played really well in this tournament,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “I am very pleased with the effort the ladies have put forward and we’ve improved a lot in the last couple of months. I think we are ready to make a run for the BVC title now.”
Against Cosumnes River, Nikki Andaya scored 12 points, 7 assists and 3 steals while Taylor Hamilton scored 12 points and four rebounds. Denisha Lundy hit 6 of 10 from beyond the arc to help Solano build big leads in the first half while also adding 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Solano opened the tournament with a win over Chabot, which it defeated in the championship game of the Solano Showdown. All five starters scored in double figures for the Falcons who controlled the entire game. Christen Voyles moved into the starting lineup for the Chabot game and lit it up – scoring 15 points on 3 of 8 from the 3-point line. Denisha Lundy added 15 points on 4 of 7 3s while also dishing out 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Laura Lawson added a double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Ariel Clay scored 11 points and Taylor Hamilton had a well-rounded game with 10 points, five steals, four assists and four rebounds.
In the semifinals against Merced, Solano fell 63-56 despite a well-played game. Denisha Lundy led the way with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. She hit 3 of 6 of her three-point attempts. Laura Lawson chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds while Ariel Clay added 8 points, 8 rebounds and three steals.
Solano finished the preseason with a 9-4 record and will take on Yuba College in Marysville to open BVC play on Thursday, January 2 at 5:30 p.m.
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