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By Barry Faulkner | December 20, 2013
It's difficult to call it a silver lining, but in the aftermath of one of his Orange Coast College women's basketball team's worst performances in his 25 seasons, Coach Mike Thornton's first postgame task was delivering praise. "He told me how well-coached we are and how much energy we have and how he loves how hard our kids play," said Palomar coach and former OCC player and assistant coach Leigh Marshall, whose Comets dropped an 85-47 drubbing on the Pirates in the consolation semifinals of the Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic on Thursday at OCC. "I'm proud of what Leigh has done with that program and with that team," said Thornton, whose squad was outdone in every category, including those not on the stat sheet.
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December 14, 2013
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Sacramento State 99, UC Irvine 94 SACRAMENTO - Senior Camille Buckley had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead four Anteaters who scored in double figures in the nonconference road game Saturday. Buckley made nine of 12 field-goal attempts and all four free throws as UCI lost a 55-53 halftime lead. Senior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto had 19 points and a team-best seven assists, while senior reserve Vanessa Aguilar made four of seven there-point tries on her way to 16 points and senior Jazmyne White chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 13, 2013
When you play more than 30 basketball games, including postseason, they can't all be clinics. But the best NAIA programs in the country can seemingly disguise a few clunkers beneath an avalanche of statistics that lead to a typical blowout win. Such was the case for No. 1-ranked Vanguard University on Friday, as the Lions struggled mightily early, and generally disappointed their coach for most of the nonconference contest, before eventually earning...
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By Matt Szabo | December 11, 2013
SANTA ANA - Kaleigh Gilchrist is about seven months removed from winning the top prize in college women's water polo. Last May, the Newport Harbor High alumna helped USC win the NCAA Division 1 title. But now, Gilchrist is playing at an even higher level. Last weekend she played in her first tournament with the U.S. senior women's national team, and Team USA won gold at the Canada Cup. This week Gilchrist, a senior at USC, is continuing play with the senior national team at the Holiday Cup at Foothill High.
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December 5, 2013
UC Irvine seniors Natalia Ledezma and Zoyah Farzaneh earned second- and third-team All-West Region honors, respectively, in women's soccer. Ledezma, a forward who began the season as a defender, has twice been named to the second team and once more was a third-team choice. She transferred to UCI after her freshman season at UCLA. Ledezma had six goals and one assist in 2013, and led the Anteaters with five game-winning goals. Farzaneh, the Big West Conference Defender of the Year, doubled her career scoring output in one season by notching three goals and three assists.
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December 5, 2013
UC Irvine outside hitter Cassidy Pickrell has been named to the Big West Conference All-Freshman Team to highlight Anteaters recognized by coaches' all-conference voting in women's volleyball. The 6-foot-1 Pickrell had 245 kills and averaged 2.69 per set. She was ranked fourth in the conference with 29 aces and a .32 average while picking up 116 digs. UCI senior outside hitter Aly Squires and sophomore outside hitter Marisa Bubica received honorable mention. The 6-3 Bubica averaged three kills per set to lead the Anteaters, who finished 14-16, 5-11 in conference play.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 30, 2013
ORANGE - Internet directions to the Santiago Canyon Community College campus end with a left turn on Trails End. Recent history would suggest that Orange Coast College women's soccer coach Kevin Smith considers the command more foreshadowing than coincidence. For the third straight season, OCC was eliminated from the Southern California Regional playoffs by the host Hawks, who have a history of mastery over the Pirates that spans well beyond the scope of Smith's memory. This time, No. 2-seeded Santiago Canyon (20-1-2)
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By Barry Faulkner | November 29, 2013
LOS ANGELES - UC Irvine senior Camille Buckley may have helped the Anteaters secure their 63-60 women's basketball win at Loyola Marymount on Friday afternoon. But it wasn't until a few moments after she buried two free throws with 14 seconds left to finalize the scoring that she took her best shots at the Lions. "I couldn't sleep last night, because I was so worried about it," the 6-foot-1 forward said of her first game against the program at which she spent her first two collegiate seasons, before transferring.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 26, 2013
The soccer gods sometimes award the opportunists more than the oppressors, but Orange Coast College benefited from being a little of both to advance past Los Angeles Pierce on Tuesday into the third round of the Southern California Regional playoffs. The No. 11-seeded Pirates (13-3-5) posted a 23-8 shot advantage and controlled play approximately 85% of the 120 minutes of regulation and overtime. But after 119-plus minutes, the hosts, down, 1-0, had Coach Kevin Smith mentally polishing his hard-luck-loser postgame speech.
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