The Raiders (1-0 in league and 5-7 overall) went on the road to face cross town rivals, Tacoma Community College. Poor shooting from the field as well as the free-throw line proved to be the detriment of the team in this 65-61 loss. The Raiders highest shooting percentage on the night was 41-percent. You would think 41-percent would be a great shooting percentage but, unfortunately this was the percentage from the free-throw line. The Raiders shot 16-for-39 from the charity stripe. In a game decided by only 4-points, missing 23 free-throws was pivotal in not securing a victory in this game.
After a slow start the Raiders pulled the game with in two points late in the game. Alexa Goodenow (FR. University Place, WA) hit an and-one three-pointer and knocked down the free-throw to give the Raiders hope. Goodenow finished with 11-points, eight rebounds, five steals, and five assist. Brionna Hart chipped in 10-points on 5-for-8 shooting. Goodenow and Hart combined for 50-percent shooting from the field going 8-for-16. The rest of the team suffered a dismal performance going 13-for-56 (23-percent) including a 4-for-25 outing from Carli Elwin (SO. Bonney Lake, WA). Alyssa Simonson was 2-for-13 from the line.
Although suffering an off night scoring the Raiders defense lived up to their expectations as one of the top defending teams in the conference. The Raiders forced 36 Titan turn-overs converting to 21 points for the raider birds.
The Raiders (1-1 in league and 5-8 overall) returned home on Monday, January 7, 2013 to take on the defending West Region Champions, the Trailblazers of Centralia College. The Raiders seemed to start the game off right improving on their shooting from the previous game. The Raiders shot 44-percent from the field in the first half but the Trailblazers were blazing the nets with a hot handed shooting performance netting 23 of their 32 attempted shots for an unprecedented 72-percent from the field while also knocking down 12 of 14 free-throw attempts.
Leading the way for the Raiders was Carli Elwin (SO. Bonney Lake, WA) who went 8-for-14 from the field and 6-for-9 from the strip for 24 points and swiped five steals. Also providing a notable performance was Alyssa Simonson (FR. Covington, WA). Simonson dished out 10 assists to her teammates. This effort moved Simonson up to number seven on the assist charts for the NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association for Community Colleges) and still maintains the number one spot on steals for the entire NWAACC.
Mackenzie Lancaster was the only other Raider in double-digits for the Raiders. Lancaster ended with 10-points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Returning for a two game home stint the Raiders (1-2 in league and 5-9 overall) took on the Thunderbirds of Highline Community College. In a game of many emotions, the Raiders lost composure and dropped yet another game. The final score was 59-49. After being down by only three at halftime it seemed the Raiders would pull off the victory. On the season the Raiders have outscored their opponents in every game except for two.
The Raiders fought back and closed a deficit that got to as many as 14 to a manageable four point margin. But, lack of composure caused two technical fouls late in the game which gave the Thunderbirds free-throw attempts and the ball in which they scored on ensuing possessions. The Raiders were led by Carli Elwin (SO. Bonney Lake, WA). Elwin had 20-points on 6-for19 shooting (32-percent). Elwin also grabbed seven boards, nabbed six steals and dished out 4 assists. Alexa Goodenow (FR. University Place, WA) grabbed 10 boards. The Raiders fell to (1-3 in league and 5-10 overall) and will head down to South Puget Sound Community College Saturday, January 12, 2013.