Cal Baptist Women’s Basketball Sees Season End With WNIT Loss – Press Enterprise

RIVERSIDE – It wasn’t the ending Ane Olaeta wanted, but it was an ending nonetheless.

Olaeta had 16 points but turned the ball over seven times in her last collegiate game as the Cal Baptist women’s basketball team lost 76-67 to San Diego in a first-round game of WNIT at the CBU Events Center Thursday night.

“Even though things didn’t go the way we wanted, it was still a blessing,” said Olaeta, who has averaged 15 points this season. “I’m frustrated, but I gave it my all.”

The senior guard upped the tempo and had 12 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for Cal Baptist (23-9 overall), who made an outrebound (45-33) and posted a season-high 22 turnovers.

“Obviously we didn’t want to flip the ball that much, that was something we struggled with,” said CBU coach Jarrod Olson. “We had a hard time passing and catching at times and making easy plays.”

Caitlyn Harper posted a team-high with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Lancers, who were making their third appearance in the Women’s NIT in four years.

“I’m pretty confident about the work that we’ve done over the past four years,” Olson said. “Not many schools have made the transition (to Division I) better.”

Steph Gorman had 22 points and nine steals for San Diego (17-14), who were recovering from their West Coast Conference Tournament loss, a game-high 22 points.

“It was great to show the country that we have more to give,” Gorman said.

“CBU is a well-trained team that can stick it in the paint and then kick it and pay you for it,” added San Diego coach Cindy Fisher. “I thought we did a good job taking care of our second chance opportunities.”

The toreros play their second round in New Mexico this weekend.

“The Pit can be difficult to play, but we’ll be prepared,” Fisher said.

Olaeta’s court against Harper made it a two-point game late in the first quarter, and the Lancers’ point guard kept the deficit at two after two halftime free throws.

Two technical fouls helped San Diego extend their lead in the second half, and despite Olaeta’s best efforts, the Lancers couldn’t bring the lead closer than six points down the stretch.


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