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SRJC women the ultimate team

If you're looking for an easy answer, you have come to the wrong place. The Santa Rosa JC women's basketball team won't give it to you. You would think the Bear Cubs would. A team that's 25-6, just four games from winning the state junior college championship and ranked first in Northern California, you should be able to read this team like a book.

Except when you open up the book, you see blank pages. Huh? Where are the answers? That's so annoying. Imagine how their opponents feel.

"We have a target on us," coach Lacey Campbell said, "because no one wants to lose to a team that doesn't look like it should win. &‘How can they be this good?' people say. &‘Why can't we beat them?' No one wants to get beat by a team with lesser talent."

Her players will run down the court, sometimes near the opposing bench, and "we'll hear them bicker," guard Madison Sowards said, not feeling too terribly sad about it.

The Bear Cubs have just entered the hearts and minds of the opponent. Like a Hummer entering a chicken coop. A lot of fluttering going around.

"My players love to hear that bickering," Campbell said.

Certainly, from a distance, SRJC does not provoke a rooting interest. The Bear Cubs don't even lead their own conference in scoring. They are just fourth. SRJC's top scorer, Whitney Edens, isn't among the top 50 scorers in the state, and the 50th scorer is at 13.8 points a game. Heck, Whitney is not even among in the top 10 scorers in the Big Eight. She's 14th. Averaging 10.5 points does not attract a lot of glamour shots. And, oh, by the way, Edens is the only player in double figures.

"When teams face us," Campbell said, "where do they put their shut-down defender? On someone who averages 10.5 points a game?"

It's not as if SRJC has an aircraft carrier in the middle. The Bear Cubs don't have a player who is even 6 feet tall.

It's not as if SRJC glides over the court. "I try not watch the warm-ups," Campbell said. "We don't pass the eye test."


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