Women’s Basketball Looks for Win vs. Cal Baptist in Crosstown Showdown

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RIVERSIDE, Calif.—A new level of excitement will surround the Crosstown Showdown when the UC Riverside Women’s Basketball team faces California Baptist University at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the CBU Events Center.A big reason for that is because Cal Baptist is in its inaugural season at the NCAA Division I level. While the two teams have played each other the last five years in exhibition games, all won by UCR, this will mark the first time since 2001 that they will face each other in the regular season.”We are looking forward to playing CBU in the first Crosstown Showdown between our women’s basketball programs,” head coach John Margaritis said. “CBU is very much improved and this game will be an important test for our team as we go deeper into our season.”So far this season, UCR (2-5) has been led on the offensive end by Jannon Otto and Malou De Kergret. Otto is averaging 10.9 points per game, while De Kergret is averaging 10.4 ppg.”This will be a challenging game for our team,” Margaritis said. “They have done a good job recruiting. With key returners and a slew of new talent on CBU’s team, we expect this game to be very different then what we have faced in years past.”SCOUTING THE LANCERS
CBU (2-6) dominated La Sierra last Thursday in a 91-44 win. Six Lancers scored in double-digits. Delacy Brown had a team-high 17 points, along with six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Britney Thomas has been a standout for CBU so far this season. Thomas is averaging 16.4 points and 11.4 rebounds a game.  UCR is 13-2 all-time vs. Lancers. The last official meeting came on Dec. 19, 2001 in a 75-43 win. The team currently has a seven-game winning streak against the university.BLOCK PARTY
UCR currently has 36 blocked shots on the season, which leads the Big …

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