ROCKVILLE – It was over less than three minutes into the game.
The Solano Community College women’s basketball team jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and never looked back in a 94-48 Bay Valley Conference win over Merritt College of Oakland at Solano Gym, Thursday.
Even in the blowout, SCC coach Matt Borchert didn’t change the way he approached the game from the outset.
“I don’t want our mindset to change,” Borchert said. “We need to play the game the right way and respect the game, and we did a nice job of that. We got a lot of people in the game and tried a lot of different combinations.”
The Thunderbirds quickly cut the lead to 12-5 at the 14 minute, 36-second mark of the opening half, but the Falcons (16-4, 7-0 BVC) went on a tear, scoring the next 15 points to open a 27-5 lead.
Merritt slowed the bleeding after a three-point play, but Solano scored the next 10 points to up the advantage to 37-8 with 4:35 left in the half.
The T-Birds scored the next six points and eight of the next 10, but the Falcons closed the half outscoring their opponent 8-5 for a 48-20 lead at the break.
SCC’s pressure defense gave Merritt (7-8, 4-2 BVC) troubles all night, forcing the T-Birds into 27 turnovers, while the Falcons gave away the ball just 13 times in 40 minutes.
Solano opened the second half on a 6-0 run and scored 11 of the first 15 points to take a 59-24 lead with 16:33 to play in the game.
Merritt tried to stay in the game, eventually cutting the lead to 66-40, but the Falcons went on a 7-0 run to up their lead to 73-40.
Solano eventually took its largest lead at – the final score at 94-48 – when Jamilia Anderson hit a free throw with 5 seconds to play.
That free throw made sure all 14 Falcons were in the scorebook.
Denisha Lundy led Solano with 16 points, while Taylor Hamilton added 14, Ariel Clay 12 and Nikki Andaya 10.
Merritt’s Briana Brown led all scorers with 23.
Solano outrebounded Merritt 48-33, giving it easy buckets off offensive rebounds.
“We still have to get better for the future,” Borchert said. “There ar a lot of things that we still need to get better at and work on.”
Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.