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Women's Basketball - Sun, Nov. 4, 2018 at 3:40 PM

MERCED, Calif. - Fourteen Bobcats scored as the (RV) University of California, Merced women's basketball team eclipsed the century mark for the first time ever with a 101-35 win over University of Saint Katherine on Sunday afternoon.


The Bobcats (2-0) shot a program-record 59% (37-62) en route to their largest scoring differential in program history, +66.


Senior Deja Jackson led all scorers with 15 points and was one of four Bobcats in double figures. Mia Belvin totaled 12 points and dished out assists, while Cierra McClain and Kylee Scheib pitched in 11 and ten points respectively.


Scheib was also one of three Bobcats to share game-high with six rebounds. Mia Shannon hauled in six boards, two offensive, as did freshman Haylee Owen.


Owen added a game-high three steals and chipped in four assists in her second career game as a Bobcat.


Aubrey Hayes opened up the offensive dominance with a triple to take the 3-0 lead that only grew larger the rest of the game.


The Bobcats first double figure lead came five minutes into the game when Rainah Smith notched a steal and found Deja Jackson in transition for an 18-7 lead. Jackson's bucket was part of a 12-0 run that would go on to extend their lead to 26-7 just before the end of the first quarter.


The Bobcats opened the next ten minutes on a 9-2 run and outscored Saint Katherine 21-11 in the second quarter. Eight different Bobcats scored in the quarter, including Asia Foster and Cierra McClain who netted her first career buckets.Other notables include the first triples of the season from each Gabriella Edmond and Kylee Scheib. Scheib's make from downtown put the Bobcats up 43-15. Both teams traded buckets the rest of the half and the Bobcats carried a 47-20 advantage into the locker rooms.


The 15 minute intermission didn't affect the Bobcats as they had their most dominant quarter of the game when they retook the floor for the third quarter. Although it was Saint Katherine's ball coming out, the Bobcats scored first when Belvin pickpocketed Lindsay Martin for a steal and score. Belvin's field goal was one of 12 the Bobcats would sink in the third quarter, five of them coming from downtown.


Two minutes into the quarter, the Bobcats embarked on a 26-0 run. Shannon sunk the first bucket during the run that would go on to last seven minutes. Scheib had seven points during the run, while Edmond had five. Jackson, Belvin, McClain and Shelby Bohlmann also scored during the 26-0 run.


Freshman Marisse Jackson scored her first career points to open the fourth quarter. McClain assisted on the bucket that extended the Bobcats lead to 81-27. On the next possession, freshman Haylee Owen recorded her first career points and nearly six minutes later, she scored again to get the Bobcats to 90 points. Asia Foster helped her team eclipse the century mark with a strong bucket on the team's final possession.


The Bobcats 101 point effort broke the previous single-game scoring record that the Bobcats set when they took down Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (AZ) 99-84 in last year's Cal Pac Championships semifinal game.


Up next, the Bobcats hit the road for the first time this season to battle former Cal Pac foe Menlo College on Wednesday, November 7. Tipoff is slated for 5:30pm in Atherton, Calif.

Jerry Hilliard at Hall of Fame Banquet 2018


Jerry Hilliard was Honored and Inducted into the PVILCA (Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association) July 21, 2018 at Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio Texas.  His family of 10 traveled with him to Texas to receive this Honor. Also family from Texas was there to witness this occasion.


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