Cuesta College

Cuesta College women’s basketball team downs Southwestern at tournament

The Cuesta College women’s basketball team bounced back from blowout loss Thursday night to down Southwestern College on Friday in the second game of the Saddleback Tournament.

After struggling to score in an 81-28 loss to Irvine Valley, the fifth-ranked team in the California Community College Athletic Association South Region preseason poll, the Cougars put up 44 points by halftime and rolled to an 85-57 win over the Jaguars.

“This game was a character game, bouncing back from a big loss,” Cuesta coach Ron Barba said. “We got out to a great start and just built on it.”

Biba Kirschner had 17 points, and Angela Llaverias added 16 for the Cougars (3-2), who play the South Region’s No. 6 team, East Los Angeles, on Saturday.

“The tournament’s got all these top teams, I really like the competition,” Barba said. “Even though we got blown out (Thursday night), these are the kind of games that toughen you up.”

Kendra Losa and Angelica Ramirez scored 12 points each, and Templeton High grad Autumn Russell had 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the Cougars, who shot 38.9 percent from the floor.

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

“Once we get the consistency down, then I think we’re gonna be OK,” Barba said.