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LASC Lady Cougars drop season opener to West L.A., 80-95

High scorer for the Lady Cougars was freshman guard out of Victorville Valley High School, Karessa Fields with 25 points.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — L.A. Southwest College women’s basketball tipped off for their season opener at home Nov. 1, against cross town rival West L.A. College in a high scoring game that favored the Wildcats, 80-95.

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Lady Cougars point guard Ronnesha Harvey. Photo: L.A. Southwest College


There were several lead changes with the LASC Lady Cougars holding on to the lead for most of the first half and early second half. Despite the loss, the squad turned in some strong performances.

High scorer for the Lady Cougars was freshman guard out of Victorville Valley High School, Karessa Fields with 25 points.

“We need to communicate with each other when we are on the floor. Offense sells tickets but defense wins games”, Fields said after the game. “That’s where most of our assignment was missed. We can play defense and we will come out and do better next game.”

Field’s strong play was accented by the brilliant play of freshman Anais Ben Said, from La Havre, France, who scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double in her American college debut.

Asked about her strong game, the college’s first female international student-athlete was surprisingly modest.

“As an individual player I have to apply myself on my shooting, rebounding, more pressure on defense and communicating better,” Anais said.

Sophomore point guard Ronnesha Harvey, out of Morningside High School in Inglewood, who is coming off a quad contusion injury, played aggressively contributing 12 points. Harvey was 10 of 13 from the charity stripe.

Aaronel Tendale, another hardworking freshman out of Atwater High School, who goes by the nickname “Shark,” contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds in a spirited effort throughout game.

The next home game is tonight at Thomas G. Lakin Gym. Tip-off time is 5 p.m. against Allan Hancock College.

L.A. Southwest College is located at 1600 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, Calif. Games are free to students and the public.

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