Dunbar’s record-breaking performance helps Bear Cubs defeat Panthers

Frank Sumrall , Staff Writer

Bear Cubs’ shooting guard Jenna Dunbar shattered the school record with nine 3-pointers made as the Santa Rosa Junior College women’s basketball team held off Sacramento City College’s furious comeback attempt to win 73-60 Feb. 17 at Haehl Pavilion.

The first quarter ended with a 16-14 edge for the Bear Cubs, but Dunbar’s hot shooting took fire in the second quarter with three straight made 3-pointers to lead a 14-1 run. The half ended with the Bear Cubs up 45-24.

“They surprisingly stayed in a two-three zone [defense] most of the night, which is a shooters dream,” Dunbar said. “It allowed us to spread the floor and hit the open players.”

The Panthers didn’t give up, as they cut the lead to 59-43 by the end of the third quarter after trailing by as much as 27 points. Jessica Lauderdale led SCC with 24 points scored with seven 3-pointers of her own to spark the inspired comeback attempt.

Dunbar ended with 33 points along with seven rebounds, and Bear Cubs’ point guard Kerianne Noonan orchestrated the offense with 16 points and 5 assists. Her tough defense led to 3 steals and a block as well.

Despite the record-breaking performance; Dunbar remained humble, and provided credit to her teammates.

“When they went to man [coverage] it was all my teamates,” Dunbar said. “From setting monster screens, to making the extra pass to find me open, they allowed me to get into rhythm and stay comfortable no matter what defense they threw at us.”

Turnovers plagued SCC all game long and with less than two minutes to go back-to-back turnovers killed their chances to keep the game within reach. They finished with 14 turnovers.

Sacramento shot the three ball well, 12 for 29 for the game. But their weak low post offense became prey to the Bear Cubs as they bullied them all game long when they tried to penetrate inside.

The Bear Cubs hope to continue their hot shooting after a historic day as they play Sierra College in their regular season finale at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Haehl Pavilion.