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College of San Mateo forward Trish Malaspina dominated on both sides of the ball in sparking her team to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. The 5-foot-10 sophomore out of Burlingame High scored a team-high 21 points to pace the Bulldogs to an 81-68 home win against rival Skyline in a Coast-North Conference opener.

College of San Mateo fell into the consolation bracket after an 84-57 loss to Sierra.

The College of San Mateo women’s basketball team is off to a rough 0-3 start. After losing games to Monterey Peninsula and De Anza, the Bulldogs fell 70-61 to visiting Los Medanos College on Wednesday night.

From coach Michelle Warner on down to her players, the College of San Mateo women’s basketball program must be wondering what it did to anger the basketball gods.

After a plane crashed into her home in East Palo Alto last week, Janisa Jones, CSM student and basketball player and her family were suddenly homeless.

Janisa Jones woke up to a boom Wednesday morning. A California kid, she said she thought it was an earthquake (big deal) and tried to go back to sleep.

College of San Mateo swept its season series with county rival Skyline, edging the host Trojans, 66-64, in a Coast Conference North Division women’s basketball game Friday night.

In Friday’s Coast Conference North Division women’s basketball game against Skyline, the College of San Mateo hauled in 30 — yes, 30 — offensive rebounds. Not surprisingly, the host Bulldogs went on for a 68-54 win.

Center Alisi Niupalau had the second highest scoring performance of her College of San Mateo career — 16 points — and Erica Hayes contributed 25 as the Bulldogs defeated Cabrillo College, 75-69, on Sunday for third place in CSM’s Eighth Annual Women’s Basketball Invitational.

Growing up in a tough neighborhood in East Palo Alto, Erica Hayes knew she had to overcome plenty of adversity to rise to the top.