On a mean streak

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Tenacity and teamwork. The women’s basketball team brought them both early and often on both sides of the court.

The Lady Mustangs avenged a 51-59 loss to American River College with a hard fought 65-50 victory over the Beavers, Friday, Feb. 4.

“We knew the way they had beaten us wasn’t good enough, so we knew we were gonna come out and get revenge,” said freshman guard Rechel Carter, who is the team’s leading rebounder (8.3 rpg) and scorer (8.5 ppg).

With American River’s quick sophomore guard Kirsten Shimizu coming in the game (13 ppg), the Lady Mustangs had to come out early with an aggressive full court press.

“She was a great player,” head coach Gina Johnson said. “We just tried to trap her.”

The defensive pressure seemed to frustrate the visitors. The Mustangs took advantage of their mistakes to take a 38-20 lead into the half.

Behind guard Charisse Williams’s 24 points and forward Gabby Munsch’s 16, the Lady Mustangs maintained a double digit lead in the second half to coast to their 5th straight victory to bring their overall record to 17-9 and 7-3 in league.