MSJC Lady Eagles win 25th straight to close regular season, playoffs start this week

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The Mt. San Jacinto College women’s basketball team honors sophomores Keiara Barton, De’Adra Ross, Haylei Janssens, Alyza Lopez, Janya Smith and Kiana Castello before Friday night’s game, Feb. 21. Valley News/Mt. San Jacinto College/DeeAnn Bradly photo

The Mt. San Jacinto College women’s basketball team wrapped up their regular season Friday, Feb. 21, with a 76-35 win over visiting San Bernardino Valley College to finish their conference schedule unbeaten for the second year in a row. The Lady Eagles battled through a competitive first quarter as they led 16-12 after one. Mt. San Jacinto College opened the lead to 33-19 by halftime and outscored the Wolverines 23-6 in the third to take control of the game.

Haylei Janssens posted her 22nd double-double of the season with a game high 23 points to go along with 16 rebounds, she also passed out a game high 6 assists. De’Adra Ross also had a double-double as she scored 12 points and hauled in a career high 24 rebounds. Ross also blocked a season high 5 shots in the victory. Mariah Sanchez came off the bench to reach double digits with 12 points on four made three pointers.

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Mt. San Jacinto Colleg wins 25 straight games, wrapping up the regular season with an overall mark of 26-2. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The win was a school record 25th in a row for Mt. San Jacinto College and wrapped up the regular season for the Lady Eagles with an overall mark of 26-2. Mt. San Jacinto College finished the inaugural season of the Inland Empire Athletic Conference with a perfect 12-0 record. Last season, the ladies won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division with an unbeaten 8-0 mark. Friday night also marked Sophomore Night for six of the ladies. Janssens and Ross were honored before the game along with fellow sophomores Keiara Barton, Janya Smith, Alyza Lopez and Kiana Castello.

Mt. San Jacinto College, which was ranked No. 3 in the latest Sports Information Directors State poll, earned the No. 7 seed in the CCCAA Southern California Regional playoffs. The Lady Eagles will open the post season this week when they host Pasadena City College. More information can be found at www.msjcathletics.com.

JP Raineri can be reached via email at sports@reedermedia.com.