Story and photo by Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
The College of the Canyons women's basketball team begins its season at the Linda G. Smith Memorial Tip-Off Classic hosted by Mt. San Antonio College Nov. 2-4 in Walnut.
Canyons will take on the host Mounties at 7 p.m. on Friday in the tourney's final contest of the first day. COC and Mt. SAC will be joined by West L.A., Rio Hondo, Citrus, San Bernardino Valley, Saddleback and Long Beach City College in the tournament field.
Canyons head coach Greg Herrick returns three players from last year's team, which finished with a 16-11 overall record and 7-1 mark in conference play to share a co-WSC, South Division Championship with West L.A. College.
COC sophomore guard Alexis Orellana (9.1 points, 3.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds per game) is joined by forwards Janeth Cruz (four points and eight rebounds per game) and Shauna Van Grinsven (1.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game) to form the core of returners.
COC will compete in a number of tournaments around the state before playing its first home game on Friday, Jan. 4.
The Lady Cougars will host a total of five regular season home games in 2018-19, with conference play set to begin Jan. 30.
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