Women’s basketball struggles to work around player injuries

The California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) women’s basketball team played their first game back from winter break against California State University, San Marcos on Feb. 2 and lost 48-76. 

It may seem like the team is going through a rough patch because four of their players are injured, but they stayed in the game by adapting to whatever challenges they faced. 

The Otters had an exciting start to the game, taking the lead but they weren’t able to stay ahead. Fans in the crowd kept the spirit alive, and first-year Luke Fry said he was there to support his favorite player, Gabby Kime (#22). 

He said he shows his spirit “by yelling and being loud” to show the other team what it’s like in the Kelp Bed. 

In an interview before the game Lauren Pointer, a fifth-year shooting guard said the team has been working to improve.

“We’ve been working on the little things, communication and defense,” said Pointer. “That wins championships and wins games.” 

Pointer has been observing her team from the sidelines as she recovers from an injury. After playing against San Marcos, she added that to adapt to playing as a more minor team, “We focus on the little things that we can control and people have been stepping up to the plate.” 

While they are currently in last place of the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings at 5-16 overall and 1-15 in conference play, they still have seven games left.

They will be heading to California State University, San Bernardino on Feb. 12 to face off the coyotes. For more information on future games, head to otteratheltics.com

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