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Basketball News

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.

Sure, “optimistic” isn’t the first word that comes to mind if you look at the Coast Conference North women’s basketball standings and see a 2-4 next to the College of San Mateo. But rest assured, Michelle Warner and the Bulldogs believe the glass is half full — and a berth in the postseason isn’t out of the question.

The College of San Mateo women’s basketball team couldn’t shutoff Santa Monica’s 3-point shooting barrage and fell to the visiting Corsairs, 77-65, in the consolation finals of the Tom Martinez Women’s Basketball Invitational Sunday.