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Winter college notebook: Miller’s big second half saves the day for Chico State

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From page B7 | February 15, 2013 |

That’s why they play two halves.

After a scoreless first half in which she missed all three of her shots, Jazmine Miller poured in 16 points to help the Chico State women’s basketball team overcome a 30-22 halftime deficit in a 54-53 edging of San Francisco State.

The Vanden High grad also had four rebounds and two steals before getting three points and nine rebounds in a 66-48 dunking of Sonoma State.

The junior guard leads the Wildcats (18-2, 14-2 CCAA) at 12.6 points points per game and is second with 5.9 rebounds.

Shannon Rankin (Solano) had one rebound for San Francisco State (10-10, 7-9 CCAA) in the loss to the Wildcats and then had six points and two rebounds in a 73-58 stuffing of Cal State Stanislaus.

Erimma Amarikwa (Vanden) amassed 17 points and seven rebounds as San Diego State (17-5, 8-1) took over first place in the Mountain West Conference by crushing Fresno State 74-49, avenging an earlier 80-72 loss to the Bulldogs.

Earlier, Amarikwa had 14 points, six rebounds and three steals as the Aztecs bounced Boise State 64-40, with Khristina Hunter (Rodriguez) adding six points, six rebounds and one block for SDSU.

Holy Names led 23-21 but was outscored 17-5 over the final 5:38 of the first half and never recovered in a 70-47 burying by Grand Canyon. Renique Fitzpatrick (Armijo) had seven points and four rebounds for the Hawks (10-12, 4-9 Pac West).

Cal State Dominguez Hills fell 63-43 to Cal State East Bay as Denisha Lundy (Vanden) had one point for the Toros (7-13, 6-10 CCAA).

Tahvia Morrison (Vanden) contributed one assist and one rebound as UC Riverside (11-10, 4-6 Big West) dazzled Cal State Fullerton 64-45.

Presley Neufeld (Solano) tied for the team-high with 11 points and added four steals and three assists, but it wasn’t enough to keep Eastern Nazarene (10-12, 5-10 CCC) from dropping a 61-47 decision to New England.

Goli Tavassoli (Vanden, Solano) had a double-double in a losing cause, amassing 10 points, 10 assists and four rebounds in a Waldorf’s 76-73 setback in overtime to Haskell Indian Nations. Earlier, the Warriors (16-11, 7-7 MCAC) crushed Central Chrisitan 79-58 with Tavassoli getting nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Ivy Jones (Solano) contributed 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds as Nebraka-Kearney (6-14, 3-10 MIAA), coached by former Solano assistant Kevin Chaney, fell to Fort Hays State 87-63.

All 12 players scored for Lourdes as the Gray Wolves (9-19, 6-14 WHAC) set a school record for points in a game in a 91-63 mauling of Marygrove. Lourdes, coached by former Fairfield High great Zareth Gray, also fell to Siena Heights 59-35.

Our Lady of the Lake (23-2, 16-2 RRAC) fell short in avenging its only loss of the season by falling 84-82 to Wiley. Earlier, the Saints obliterated Texas College 110-72 and St. Thomas-Houston 94-71.

Men’s basketball

Ronnie Baker (Rodriguez) scored 11 points to help Alaska (13-8, 8-5 GNAC) edge Western Oregon 80-77. He then had eight points and five rebounds before fouling out in the Nanoonks’ 68–67 overtime loss to St. Martin’s.

Marcus Carter (Solano) turned in a double-double – 21 points and 12 rebounds – but it wasn’t enough to keep Pacific Union (3-19, 1-8 Cal Pac) from dropping a 68-57 decision to William Jessup. Carter also had 12 points, four rebounds and three boards in an 86-66 loss to Simpson.

Sacramento State (12-10, 7-7 Big Sky) won two of three with John Dickson (Fairfield) getting 13 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 62-61 loss to Northern Arizona, 13 points and five rebounds in a 61-55 downing of Eastern Washington and nine points, four steals and three rebounds in a 77-71 topping of Portland State.

Menlo (7-16, 3-5 Cal Pac) was nipped 74-71 by UC Merced as Malik Dunbar (Fairfield resident) had eight points and six rounds  and Dante Miller three points for the Oaks.

San Francisco State defeated Chico State 63-59 and Cal State Stanislaus 64-50 as Robbie Herndon (Fairfield resident) had a combined three rebounds and two assists in the two games for the Gators (13-7, 11-5 CCAA).

Idaho (9-14, 5-8 WAC) lost big and small with a 76-74 edging by New Mexico State and 74-58 dumping by Denver. Mike McChristian (Wood) had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in the former, 14 points and five rebounds in the latter.

Chaminade (13-8, 10-3 Pac West) extended its winning streak to six games as Bennie Murray (Wood) had 17 points and five rebounds in an 89-67 humbling of Hawaii-Hilo and contributed a team-high 18 points , seven rebounds and three assists in a 75-64 win over BYU-Hawaii.

Webster endured a tough week with a 73-64 loss to Spalding and 76-69 defeat by Dominican University. Roman Robinson (Rodriguez) had 12 points and three assists in the former, 10 points, four steals and three rebounds in the latter for the Gorloks (11-11, 8-5 SLIAC).

Swimming

The Merchant Marine Academy men’s swim team captured the Landmark Conference championship with 924 points to 631 for distant runner-up Susquehanna. Ben Gabbard (Vacaville) helped the Mariners by placing seventh in the 200-yard butterfly (2 minutes, 3.97 seconds) and 11th in the 400 individual medley (4:31.42).

Indoor track

Arielle Holzendorf ran a leg on Sacramento State’s winning 4×400 relay team (3:48.33) in the Husky Classic in Seattle. She also was 22nd in the 400 (57.99).

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
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