Cuesta women’s basketball team loses fifth-place game at Saddleback Tournament

The up-and-down season for the Cuesta College women’s basketball season continued Saturday, with a 72-49 loss to East Los Angeles in the fifth-place game of the Saddleback Tournament.

After trailing the Huskies, the sixth-ranked team in the California Community College Athletic Association’s south region poll, 39-22 at halftime, the Cougars clawed back and were down 60-49 with 3:49 to play.

However, Cuesta went cold and didn’t score again.

For the game, the Cougars (3-3) shot 29.2 percent from the floor, including 1 of 14 from 3-point range.

“I think if we would have had consistent numbers like we did (Friday), we could have had this game,” head coach Ron Barba said. He was referring to the Cougars’ 38.9 percent shooting in Friday’s 85-57 win over Southwestern.

The Cougars shot 19.6 percent from the floor, including 4 of 18 from 3-point range, in Thursday’s loss to fifth-ranked Irvine Valley.

“I think we made a huge jump from where we were from Thursday to Saturday,” Barba said. “The good news is we’re playing a very hard schedule, and that’s going to pay off somewhere down the road.”

Boomie Pierre scored 24 points to lead Cuesta. Templeton High grad Autumn Russell and Angela Llaverias each pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, and Mission Prep grad Conor Storlie added eight rebounds. Llaverias also had a team-high five steals.