The CNMI women’s basketball team continued to blow hot and cold in the 2004 Micronesian Basketball Tournament at the University of Guam field house.
A day after being drubbed by powerhouse Guam, 40-91, the girls of coach Donald Blondin kept their gold medal hopes alive yesterday after hurdling Pohnpei, 67-57.
The CNMI women would now have to win their rematch against Palau this morning to advance to the gold medal round where they will probably again face Guam.
Palau gave the CNMI a rude awakening on Monday, 74-44. The CNMI, however, bounced back with a victory over Chuuk Tuesday, 57-46, as the team’s Dr. Jekkyl and Mr. Hyde routine continued.
Guam currently leads the five-nation competition for the women with a spotless 3-0 mark, followed by Palau (2-1), the CNMI (2-2), and Pohnpei (1-3). Only Chuuk hasn’t won a game in the basketball confab sporting a 0-4 record.
On Wednesday, the Guam ladies hardly broke a sweat in blowing out the CNMI by 49 points.
The U.S. territory went on a scoring binge and easily doubled the CNMI’s score after the first 10 minutes of the contest, 31-15.
The CNMI managed to hang on to Guam’s coattails in the second quarter getting outscored by only 3 points but entered intermission down by 19, 48-29.
Basketball’s version of the Marianas Turkey Shootout then happened in the third as Guam went off for 24 points, while limiting the CNMI to a measly 5 points to blow the game wide open, 72-34, going into the fourth and final quarter.
Guam then polished off the win by thumping the CNMI 18-7 in the payoff period.
Guam’s Rachel Camacho led all scorers with 24 points, while Rita-Lynn Anderson and Michelle Presnell added 18 and 17 points, respectively.
The 15 points of Beverly Igitol and 10 points of Connie Camacho paced the CNMI.
Wednesday Women’s Game
Guam 90 – Camacho 24, Anderson 18, Presnell 17, Cruz 10, Britt 5, Natasha 4, Simon 4, Pelkey 4.
CNMI 41 – Igitol 14, Camacho 10, Cruz 7, Ngirchongor 5, Diaz 3, Ruluked 2.
Scoring by quarters: 31-15, 48-29, 72-34, 90-41.
Referees: Logan Ngiriou and Jacob Medic