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After trailing by 5 near the end of the third quarter, the Skyline women’s basketball team (7-4 in Coast North, 15-11 overall) went on a 16-point run to upend its rival Bulldogs 77-58 Wednesday night at CSM. With the win, the Trojans clinch third place in the Coast Conference North, and are now all but assured of garnering an at-large big to their third consecutive Northern California postseason bracket.

After losing their first-round game in overtime at the De Anza tournament last week, and following that with two other games decided by four points or less, it was only appropriate that the Bulldogs would need overtime to beat visiting Ohlone-Fremont 65-60 in the Coast Conference opener for both squads.

With College of San Mateo women’s basketball opening its season Friday at home against Hartnell College-Salinas with a 6 p.m. tip-off, head coach Michelle Warner is gunning to return the Lady Bulldogs to the postseason for the first time since 2011-12.

Until last week when I lauded the College of San Mateo women’s basketball team for avoiding the injury bug early in the season. The day my column appeared last week, guard Megan Pham injured her hand in practice and will be out a week.

The Lady Bulldogs made quite a case over the weekend to vault their way up the Northern California Top 15 by sweeping through the Tom Martinez Invitational Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The College of San Mateo women’s basketball team finds itself in a somewhat unfamiliar place this weekend — its home court. Since beating Cabrillo 77-53 Nov. 7 in their home debut, the Bulldogs have played their last six games on the road.

These are just two precursors to the stories of the 17 inductees composing the 2014-15 class to be enshrined in the CSM Athletics Hall of Fame. Since the CSM Hall’s inception in 2011-12, this year’s class marks the largest class ever inducted.

A 16-point early second-half lead was too much for College of San Mateo to overcome in a hard-fought battle with visiting Reedley College in the opening round of the Tom Martinez CSM Women’s Basketball Invitational.

Michelle Warner seems to have good reason to be upbeat about College of San Mateo’s depth. Ten different players scored in the game with the sophomore tandem of McKenna Hilton (Half Moon Bay) and Julianne Llacer (El Camino) each tabbing double-figures.

If the Bulldogs hope to crash the playoffs — something they last did in 2011 — every one of their remaining division games is crucial.