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WSC North men's basketball update, Jan. 9

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Western State Conference
North Conference Overall
Ventura 0-0 16-4 71.8 67.6
Hancock 0-0 13-6 81.9 73.7
LA Pierce 0-0 11-6 69.3 68.4
Cuesta 0-0 13-8 76.4 72.8
Moorpark 0-0 5-9 70.6 73.8
Santa Barbara 0-0 4-8 65.8 72.0

Round 1 schedule, Wednesday
Cuesta at Moorpark
Ventura at Los Angeles Pierce
Santa Barbara City at Hancock

Round 2 schedule, Saturday
Moorpark at Hancock

Ward out for CSUMB

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With eight former Ventura College and Moorpark College women's basketball players on the roster and the coaching staff, the Cal State Monterey Bay women's basketball team had roared out to a 16-0 start this season, topping the California Collegiate Athletic Association at 12-0.

This week, the Otters were ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II West Regional rankings.

But they also took a hit when former Royal High and Ventura College star Erika Ward was diagnosed with a torn ACL last month.

"With what she brought defensively and with her big shots, it's obviously a big loss," said Monterey head coach Renee Jimenez, the former Ventura High and Ventura College player. "I think everybody knows that they need to step up more.

Ward, who had started the first 15 games, was the team's third-leading scorer at 8.3 points per game. She may be unable to play the rest of the season, but Jimenez said Ward's season isn't over.

"We gave her a coaching notebook today," said Jimenez. "She's one of our smartest players. We need her now more than ever. We need her brain."

WSC North men's basketball summary

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Co-leaders Cuesta and Ventura quickened the pace with wins over Moorpark and Pierce, respectively. The loss left Moorpark in a fourth-place tie with Santa Barbara, which hammered Hancock at home. With Ventura idle Saturday, Cuesta can take a half-game lead in the standings with a win at tough Santa Barbara City and Oxnard can pick up a key win at Hancock, where both leaders have already lost.

WSC North standings
Team Total WSC
Ventura 21-7 6-2
Cuesta 21-9 6-2
Oxnard 11-13 4-3
Moorpark 14-10 4-4
Santa Barbara 12-16 4-4
Hancock 7-17 2-6
L.A. Pierce 7-15 1-6

Wednesday's results
No. 20 Ventura 69, Los Angeles Pierce 57
Cuesta 71, Moorpark 60
Santa Barbara City 81, Hancock 60

Saturday's schedule
Oxnard at Hancock, 5 p.m.
Moorpark at Los Angeles Pierce, 5 p.m
Cuesta at Santa Barbara City, 5 p.m.

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Ventura County Star sports writer and columnist Joe Curley covers college sports and soccer for this Star. This is the place to click for local college football and basketball coverage, including USC, UCLA, Moorpark College, Ventura College and Cal Lutheran.

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