Coach Barbara Hayes takes her Santa Monica College women's basketball team to Long Beach City College, ranked ninth in the state by the J. C. Athletic Bureau, at 7 tonight and will play at Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Hayes says she is confident that the Corsairs (16-2, 4-0), who are in first place in the Metropolitan Conference and are ranked 10th in the state, will win those games. "We play more up to potential when we're away from home," she said.
Long Beach (12-7, 2-2) is scoring on 38% of its field goal shots and 60% from the line. Its leading scorers are sophomore forward Lisa Patterson (10-point average), freshman point guard Kim Brown (9.9) and sophomore forward Kim McFoyer (9.1).
Tracy Fauber, 5-10 sophomore center, is leading the team in rebounds (8.5).
Bakersfield (9-9, 3-0) boasts a sophomore forward, Laurie Matney, who is averaging 20.5 points and six rebounds in league play, and a freshman guard, Jeri Montayo (11.5-point average), who leads the league in assists (7). Freshman guard Michelle Johnson has a 9-point average.
The Corsairs beat Los Angeles City, 88-58, and Pasadena, 66-51, last week, though forward Gisselle Bowden was ejected for a "flagrant foul" from the LACC game and her sister, guard Gibran Bowden, was thrown out for fighting in the Pasadena game.
Gibran has been leading the league in scoring (21.5 average) and leading the team in steals (5.6). Gisselle is leading the league in rebounds (15) and leading the team in blocked shots (14).
Corsair guard Valerie Vermeer is the league's second leading scorer (20.5 average) and tops the team in assists (5.5). Forward Tracey Lucas is averaging three steals.