The Bruins are on a roll and nothing seems to be able to slow them down, not even No. 22 Northern Idaho College Cardinals.
On Jan. 23, the Bruins entered the court with a mindset of battle warriors knowing that they were facing a skilled opponent, the Cardinals.
Initially the game started off with solid defenses from both teams, with the score a mere 10-11 at the eight-minute mark in the first half. However, it did not take long after that for the Bruins to display their shear dominance over NIC.
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The game ended with an outstanding 27-point win and score of 83-56.
This game makes it the Bruins 13th consecutive win. They are 9-0 at home and a phenomenal 18-4 in the overall season.
The Lady Bruins rank high on the polls at a respectable No. 7, and they do so deservingly. A large part of that could be credited to the Bruins style of play, a very controlled mature mixture of chemistry and selflessness.
“We played really good team ball – whenever we click as a team it is really hard to stop us,” says point guard Mercedes Riggs.
Riggs, the five-foot-seven sophomore point guard has a high basketball IQ and plays hard nose basketball.
She has the highest number of assists (5.7) per game and leads her team with 3 steals a game.
Another strong point of the Lady Bruins is their deep bench and constant support they all share.
Players like freshman guard Raushan Gultekin, coming off the bench and always giving the team fiery aggression on the defensive end is always good. At the six- minute mark she came in and initiated a steal with guard Summer Yack completing it.
The play ended with Gultekin and Parson smoothly running a textbook fast break, with Britney Johnson finishing with a layup.
Following that play, Gultekin finds Yack again with the shot clock running down as she hits a three point shot and the bench explodes in excitement.
They were witnessing a very good shooter who caught fire early and didn’t slow down for the remainder of the game.
Yack, another five-foot-seven sophomore guard stole the spot light during the game going unconscious from behind the arch, hitting a very appreciable 6-9 from three point range while snatching five boards and dishing out four assists, finishing with 19 points.
“We were moving the ball around and I was just getting good looks at the basket,” says Yack.
With six minutes left in the game, SLCC had already created a large deficit 66-38 but at no point did they let off the gas.
“In the locker room we spoke about them being able to get back in it and we didn’t want them to even get close so we never let up,” says Riggs.
The Lady Bruins jeeringly defeated their opponents and proved why there are high on the rankings.