The women's basketball brought in their first season win on Friday evening. The Vikings took down the Antelope Valley College Marauders 54-51 in a nail-biting home opener in the Hall of Champions. With the win the Vikings advance to 1-2 overall.
The Vikings took the lead initially in the first quarter. Sophomore Imani Edmond was first on the board with a jumper with the assist from freshman Khadijah Henry. Then sophomore Rosalinda Taosoga hit her first three pointer of the game. The Vikings ended the first quarter with the 12-8 lead.
After halftime, the Vikings were ready for more as sophomore Naomi Winston-Ellis hit five points in the third quarter and sophomore De'Brianna Hampton took a stand at the hoop with three rebounds. In total, Hampton led the team with nine rebounds and three assists. Long Beach finished the quarter still ahead 40-33.
The Marauders tied the game 51-51 with 20 seconds left in the game. Then freshman Jasmeemah Martinez hit a free throw to take back the lead for the Vikings. Martinez led the team with 11 total points and had seven rebounds. Winston-Ellis was next on the line and made back-to-back free throws with five seconds left in the game to seal the 54-51 win for the Vikings.