Golden Eagles Hope to Click Against Glendale

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By Ngozi Ekeledo

A two-loss weekend never brought so much clarity.

For the CSI women's basketball team, last weekend's Midland NIT tournament dropped the Golden Eagles to 2-4 on the season, but they did pick up a few things.

For starters, a point guard. Head Coach Randy Rogers said freshman Zuleika Grinsell asseerted her dominance at the point with a stellar performance this past weekend. The Nevada native ranked third on the team in assists with an average of three dimes per contest through November 6th.

Rogers also noted that newbie guard Patrice Toston also filled a void for the Golden Eagles. The Seattle native is quick, and as of Novemebr 6th was averaging nearly three steals per game.

But the biggest star to shine in Texas may have been one of the team's more experienced players.

Sophomore Jessy Saint-Felix provided a huge boost for the Golden Eagles on the boards, and through November 6th the forward ranked second on the team in rebounds with an average of 6.3 boards per game.

But one stat really had Coach Rogers beaming.

Against Northern Oklahoma, CSI only turned the ball over 11 times. While that's double-digits, it's a number that Rogers is okay with.

What Rogers is not okay with is losing. A self-proclaimed "win guy," he would love to see his squad get to .500 on the season, and this weekend's Boise Office Equipment Invite is the perfect setting to achieve this goal.

The Golden Eagles open play Friday against a winless yet dangerous Glendale team.

"[They] have not won a game, but their losses have been to Central Arizona and some of the better teams in the country," Rogers said. "It presents two different things. Glendale is going to be a lot more athletic, and [they're] going to try to get up and down the floor and create shots."

With CSI's new-found roles filled and offensive rhythm clicking, turning up the defense in Friday night's contest shouldn't be a problem.


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