CYPRESS -- The Orange Coast College women's basketball team gave first-place Cypress College a bit of a jolt, but a late comeback by the Pirates came up short in a 68-62 Orange Empire Conference loss on Wednesday night.
Trailing by as many as 18 points midway through the third quarter, the Pirates managed to outscore the Chargers 34-26 in the second half and pulled to within just five points in the final minute of play. But the hosts managed to make enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Gabrielle Carbajal led the Chargers with 17 points, while Hannah Avila-McArthur anchored the middle with a team-best 15 rebounds.
Coast will return to action on Friday at home against Fullerton, beginning at 5 p.m.