The Bakersfield College women's basketball team matched nearly every surge from West Los Angeles for the first 10 minutes of the game. But in the next 30, the contest spiraled out of control.
BC (8-12, 2-1 Western State-South) lost to West LA (17-4, 2-0), 86-56, at the Gil Bishop Sports Center on Wednesday night. After trailing just 23-21 at the end of the first quarter, the Renegades were outscored by 28 the rest of the way.
"I was really pleased with the first 10 minutes of the game," BC head coach Paula Dahl said. "We played some really solid defense. We got our offense going. West LA is a very good ball club and they just started capitalizing. We panicked and then we got into catch-up mode."
The third quarter was West LA's biggest, netting 27 points to BC's 10. The Wildcats took advantage of a huge game from Daija Brown. The guard scored 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting and played less than 29 minutes. West LA's Brianna Anugwom scored 22, had five assists and grabbed eight rebounds.
BC guard Octavia Croney was the only Renegade with more than nine points. Croney had 23 points with seven rebounds and four assists.
West LA shot 59.6 percent in the game and scored 42 points in the paint. BC shot 31 percent.