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Basketball News

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.

The goal for the 2013-14 College of San Mateo women’s basketball teams is a brand new hardwood floor some 380 miles away from their own.

The junior college football season never takes time off. And after setting a record last year with more than 30 student athletes heading to a four-year university, it appears the College of San Mateo is aiming to break that mark.