W Basketball: Hopeful Start, Improvements on Offense Necessary

“Playing back to back is hard. But if we want to be a good team, we have to be tough and grind it out.”

Those were the words of Rene Herrera, head coach of Rio Hondo’s women’s basketball team, following the Roadrunners 88-66 loss to Southern California’s no. 7 ranked Irvine Valley last Friday. The day prior, Rio did well enough to defeat Mira Costa in the first of a home double-header which proved too tough to handle against Irvine Valley.

Today, Nov. 20, the Roadrunners follow up its two-game home stand with a couple of road games in three days. Tonight at 5 p.m. El Camino will host Rio who go to Torrance, Calif. with a 5-3 record.

Shooting Troubles Eight Games In

Sitting on a credible .625 winning percentage, it’s on the offensive front where Herrera’s squad can look to improve. At 49th in the state on field goal percentage (35.3), Herrera knows it’s important for his scorers to find the bottom of the net more often to relieve stress on the defensive end.

“We have girls that can score,” Herrera said following a measly 32 FGP after Irvine Valley. “Hopefully we can shoot a higher percentage as the season moves on.”

Winter Is Coming

Following El Camino the Roadrunners will return to Torrance, this time to face Citrus college Friday, Nov. 22 with the same tip-off time. El Camino is 1-2 so far as the Citrus College Owls sit at 1-4 as of today.

After those two winnable games, Rio will enjoy a break from game-play before December rolls around with four tournaments featuring the Roadrunners. The first of the bunch is a trip to Orange County Saturday, Dec. 6 for the Irvine Valley Tournament before Rio travels to central California to feature in the West Hills Lemoore Tournament the following weekend.