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STOCKTON - The Delta women's basketball team used a trap defense to take an 11-point halftime lead and an eventual victory over American River Tuesday at Blanchard Gym.
The Mustangs were led in their 71-60 win by Kelci Haueter, who scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Selina Moore added 13 points and eight rebounds. Moore made three 3-pointers and more than doubled her average points per game in Big 8 Conference play.
"We started off slow, so when I went in, I tried to be an offensive threat," said Moore, who averaged six points entering the game. "We had some breakdowns here and there on defense, but we eventually picked it up and got the win."
Delta coach Gina Johnson was not happy about how her team's 20-point lead fading to single digits late in the game.
"Until we realize we have to play all 40 minutes, we won't win the close games," Johnson said. "We didn't play with a lot of energy."
American River's Caressa Williams, who is fourth in the conference at 18 points per game, scored a game-high 27 points. Gloria Garcia had all of her 13 points in the second half as the Beavers (9-10, 3-4 Big 8) made their late charge at Delta (17-5, 5-2).
Williams likely would have scored more but Beavers coach J.R. Matsunami had to pull her from the game after she picked up her third foul with five minutes remaining in the first half.
"Once she went to the bench we weren't the same team," said Matsunami, who said she was missing a starting guard due to injury. "The reason why Delta is ranked where they are is because when you get up on them, they won't give up. Hopefully, when we get (Delta) at ARC, we'll give them a better game."
Delta shot 34 percent from the floor and was 10 of 27 from 3-point range. The Beavers shot 45 percent in the game and were 3 of 15 from beyond the arc.
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