Balanced scoring attack lifts Solano past Merritt

February 17, 2014

The newly crowned Bay Valley Conference champions tied the school record for consecutive wins and finished off a season sweep of Merritt College with an 81-53 win over the Thunderbirds in Oakland on Friday.

Solano won its 16th straight game, dating back to the consolation championship game of the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic in December, tying the school record set by the 1996-97 squad.

Denisha Lundy had her second straight 20-plus point outing, scoring 28 points to lead the Falcons who 22-5 early in the contest and then 47-26 at the half. Lundy added nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Solano extended its lead to 68-35 midway through the second half, getting everyone involved in the offense by playing lock-down defense.

Audrey Jones and Necole White each came off the bench to provide valuable minutes. Jones scored 12 points while White had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

The Falcons improved to 24-4 overall and 15-0 in BVC games. SCC takes on Contra Costa College next Friday at 5:30 p.m. for Elementary School Appreciation Night. All kids 12 and under will get into the game free of charge. It’s also the last regular season home game and the coaching staff will take the opportunity to honor the five sophomores who have made great contributions to the program.


Short-handed Solano wraps up BVC title

February 15, 2014
Justice Robinson scored a season high 21 points against College of Marin.

Justice Robinson scored a season high 21 points against College of Marin.

Justice Robinson scored 21 points off the bench to fill a big void for the Solano Community College women’s basketball team as the Falcons earned a 78-61 win over College of Marin on Wednesday night to clinch their 11th Bay Valley Conference title.

Solano was playing without sophomores Taylor Hamilton (illness), Ariel Clay (injury) and Kristina Kountouris (injury) and the effects of missing those key contributors showed early. Marin took the ball hard to the basket on every offensive possession. Solano led just 37-30 at the half before exploding and tightening its defense in the second half to consistently lead by double digits over the final 20 minutes.

“This was a great win for us tonight,” said Solano Coach Matt Borchert. “They displayed a lot of heart and showed how deep we are by people stepping up when we needed them most.”

Denisha Lundy led the way with 23 points and addded four rebounds and four steals. Laura Lawson scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds. Justice also had nine rebounds.

The conference title was the fifth in the last seven years for Solano.

The Falcons (22-4) improved to 14-0 in BVC games, extending their win streak to 15 games. Solano takes on Merritt College in Oakland on Friday.

Check Borchert Media Relations website to see more photos from the game.


Los Medanos challenges Solano; Falcons prevail

February 9, 2014

Denisha Lundy scored 27 points and Taylor Hamilton added 22 as the Solano Community College women’s basketball team overcame a tough Los Medanos squad to pull out an 87-69 victory in Pittsburg on Friday night.

Solano clinched a tie for the Bay Valley Conference title with three games left in the season. It’s the program’s 11th conference title and fifth in the last seven years.

Los Medanos wasn’t going to let Solano capture the crown without a fight. The Mustangs came out in a half-court press that seemed to throw off the Falcons. Solano had double-digit turnovers by halftime for the second game in a row.

Still, the Falcons managed to go into the locker room at halftime with a 41-34 lead.

Solano attacked the basket more aggressively in the second half to pull away and hold a 20-point lead throughout most of the final 20 minutes.

Lundy shot 11 of 18 from the floor while hitting 4 of 5 from the 3-point line. The sophomore guard also had three rebounds and three assists. Hamilton, also a sophomore guard, had eight assists and five steals. Freshman forward Laura Lawson chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.

Necole White had another stellar outing with 13 points off the bench. The sophomore has scored in double figures three of the team’s last four games. Nikki Andaya added eight points, three rebounds and five assists and a season-high seven steals.

Solano (22-4, 13-0) brings its 14-game win streak into Wednesday’s home game against College of Marin. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. Both teams will be supporting the Coaches vs. Cancer program. Coaches vs. Cancer leverages coaches to help raise awareness about cancer. All proceeds and donations from the game will go to the American Cancer Society.


Solano duo powers Falcons past Mendocino

February 6, 2014
Taylor Hamilton drives for two of her 17 points against Mendocino on Wednesday night.

Taylor Hamilton drives for two of her 17 points against Mendocino on Wednesday night.

Taylor Hamilton and Denisha Lundy led another balanced scoring effort as the Solano women’s basketball team won its 13th straight game, a 91-68 victory over Mendocino on Wednesday night in Fairfield.

Taylor scored 17 points and added 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals while shooting 6 of 11 from the field. Denisha added 16 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals while shooting 6 of 12 from the floor.

Solano took control of the game early, eventually building a 22-point lead before Mendocino rallied to cut the lead 45-31 at the half. The Falcons overcame 12 first-half turnovers.

SCC built another 20-plus point lead in the second half before the Eagles rallied again to cut it to 14. That was as close as they got though as Solano proved too mighty on its home floor.

Ariel Clay added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the Falcons, who improved to 21-4 and 12-0 in Bay Valley Conference games. Nikki Andaya had 10 points and four steals. Necole White continued her solid play off the bench for the Falcons. The sophomore guard had 7 points, six assists and four rebounds.

Solano travels to Pittsburg on Friday to take on Los Medanos College at 5:30 p.m.

For more photos from the game, check out Borchert Media Relations home page.


Solano tops Napa, wins 20th game

February 1, 2014
Necole White played hard on both ends of the floor for Solano on Friday.

Necole White played hard on both ends of the floor for Solano on Friday.

In front of the largest crowd of the season, the Solano Community College women’s basketball team didn’t disappoint in picking up its 20th win of the season. The Falcons extended their win streak and cruised to an 83-64 win over Napa Valley College in Fairfield on Friday.

Necole White helped break open a close game in the first half with back-to-back layups to give Solano a 17-11 lead midway through the first half. Solano built on that momentum and stretched its lead to 19 before Napa went on a run of its own to cut the lead 38-31 at the half.

The Falcons, who played timid in the first half, came out with more confidence in the second half and pulled away. The team led by 20 points consistently through the second half though Napa connected on some shots down the stretch that allowed it to cut into the lead.

White led Solano in scoring for the second time this week with 17 points. She had a solid all-around game with nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Justice Robinson scored 15 points and chipped in four steals. Both players came off the bench to make their contributions.

Sophomore guard Denisha Lundy had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals while Taylor Hamilton had nine points and seven assists. Audrie Jones made some big baskets for Solano, finishing with seven points.

Solano won 20 games for the first time since the 2009-10 season. This year’s team has now won 12 straight games and improved to 20-4 overall and 11-0 in BVC games.

For more photos from the game, check out Borchert Media Relations website.


Solano routs Laney on the road

February 1, 2014

The Solano Community College women’s basketball team got an important week off to a good start with a 98-70 win over Laney College in Oakland on Wednesday.

Strong bench play contributed to the win as Necole White led the way with 18 points. She also had four rebounds and two steals. Necole was solid at the free throw line as well, hitting on 12 of 16 from the charity stripe. She was one made free throw away from tying the school record.

Solano led 47-25 at the half and built its lead from there though Laney had a solid offensive second half, scoring 45 points. Denisha Lundy and Taylor Hamilton, Solano’s consistent offensive weapons all season long, each scored 15 points. Justice Robinson added 11 points and Kristina Kountouris 10 off the bench.

Laura Lawson grabbed 11 rebounds for the Falcons, who won their 11th straight game, improved to 19-4 overall and 10-0 in Bay Valley Conference games.

Solano hosts Napa Valley College on Friday. The Storm provided the biggest challenge for the Falcons during the conference season with Solano pulling out a nine-point victory in Napa earlier this month.