Forward scores 35 to help Warrior women get win in double OT

TURLOCK -- Katie Busi admits that sometimes during a game, when she takes a peek at the scoreboard, she also sneaks a look at the panel that flashes individual scoring totals.

"Yeah, I do," Busi said. "But it doesn't matter."

Next to that panel on the Cal State Stanislaus end of the floor hangs the retired jersey of Shannon Donnelly.

Saturday night, the two displays were related. And Busi's points did matter ... all 35 of them.

Busi's outburst in an 82-76 double-overtime victory over Cal State San Bernardino tied the sophomore forward from Calaveras High for the fourth position all-time in Warrior single-game history. Only Donnelly ever has scored more.

Every point was needed as Stanislaus (11-10 overall, 6-8 in California Collegiate Athletic Association) jumped ahead of the visiting Coyotes into fifth place in the CCAA.

The top eight teams in the conference qualify for the CCAA tournament, but the Warriors -- with five of their final six games on the road -- are far from home free.

That's what made Saturday's victory so important, and Busi's output so crucial to the season. With leading scorer Gwendolyn Page still out tending to a family matter, the Warriors needed a go-to person on offense.

"We didn't find out yesterday that Gwen wasn't going to be here until right before the game," said coach Sharon Turner-Dean. "There was nothing we could do at that point, but when I walked into the team room the girls looked like they were lost and in shock. I knew right then that we were in trouble, so to bounce back like this and to have people step up was huge."

Busi, who also had 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season, wasn't alone. Lysandra Williams had 13 points and nine assists, Antwinette Turner had 11 points, and Christin Gowan had all 10 of her points in the final 18 minutes of the game.

The Warriors had to win the game three times. They led 61-55 with 5 minutes, 20 seconds left in regulation, then didn't score again in regulation. Then, Stanislaus scored the first six points of the first overtime before being blanked for the final 2:55.

The Warriors finally put away the Coyotes (7-13, 5-9) in the second overtime with an 11-0 run on a Busi rebound and put-back and nine free throws.

"It was stressful, but I'm glad we came away with the win," said Busi, who added that her previous high-point effort was a 28-point game at Calaveras. "We should have beat them in regulation."


SAN BERNARDINO 76, STANISLAUS 55 -- Take away the opening few minutes of both halves, and the Warriors (6-13, 2-12) had a chance.

In the first half, it took the Coyotes (13-7, 11-3) all of 4:44 to jump to a 19-5 lead, leaving the Warriors to play catch-up for more than 35 minutes.

A run late in the first half brought the Warriors within 38-30, but Stanislaus came out icy after the halftime break. The Warriors were held scoreless for the opening 6:35 of the second half, long enough for San Bernardino to pull out to a 49-30 lead.

Michael Dyson led Stanislaus with 12 points, while Benny Koochoie had 11.

Brandon Brown had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Coyotes, who outrebounded the Warriors 38-23 and moved into sole possession of first place in the CCAA.

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