IRVINE — Samantha Hansen says all it takes to cure her notorious case of pregame nerves is the opening tip. But it was crunch time in which the Orange Coast College sophomore appeared most at ease Saturday.
Hansen, whom OCC women's basketball coach Mike Thornton said may get as nervous before a game as any player he has had in four decades, scored nine points in the final 5:48 in the Pirates' 62-59 win over Irvine Valley in the championship game of the Irvine Valley Tournament on the Lasers' floor.
Hansen, a 6-foot forward, scored 16 of her game-high 25 points after halftime and also led the Pirates (10-2) with seven rebounds. She made nine of 15 field-goal tries, mostly on mid-range jumpers, to earn the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. It's the second straight tournament MVP trophy for Hansen, who paced the Pirates to the crown at the Cuesta Tournament one week prior.