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CR women's basketball wins big in opener

College of the Redwoods got its first 100-point game of the season on opening night and CR women’s basketball head coach Doug Oliveira got his first 100-point victory of his 40-year coaching career as the Corsairs throttled the Simpson University JV team 125-25 in a non-conference game in Eureka on Friday.

Redwoods took a 10-0 lead in the opening 90 seconds and led 28-1 when the Red Hawks scored their first point at the 13-minute mark.

“It was kind of one of those situations, where, what do you do?” Oliveira said. “We still have a lot we need to work on for the teams we have coming up so we just kept playing hard.”

In her Redwoods debut, Fortuna freshman Devan Nielsen led all scorers with 22 points, scoring 17 in the first half, while sophomore returner Crissy Robbins flirted with a quadruple-double, scoring 14 points to go with seven assists, seven steals and seven rebounds.

“We’ve got some players who can play with anybody so it should be interesting this year,” Oliveira said.

CR led 67-12 at halftime as the Corsairs had six players finish the game in double figures.

Freshman Aurelia Robbins scored 17, while Aliesha Brown had 15, Darnesha Ward scored 12 and Kassie Humphrey finished with 10.

“We’re a lot further along defensively at this point than we have been so that’s encouraging,” Oliveira said. “But it’s going to be a completely different story next week.”

With the win, the Corsairs improve to 1-0 on the season and will play next on Thursday at the Consumnes River Invitational in Elk Grove against Sac City.

“They’re a very good team so it should be tough,” Oliveira said.