El Camino College opened the 2018-19 campaign with a 61-55 victory over Ventura Thursday night at the Wild West Shootout hosted by West Los Angeles College.
Salihah Bey led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to go along with three assists for the Warriors (1-0). Ashley Nguyen added 13 points while Alexandria Ambriz pulled down nine rebounds.
For Ventura (0-1), Cece Quintino led the way with 18 points and Victoria Maciel added 16 in the loss.
The Warriors held the Pirates to 28.1 percent shooting and scored 19 points off 17 Ventura turnovers. The free-throw line was also a big factor for ECC as the Warriors made more free throws (18) than Ventura attempted (15).
It was a tight game throughout as it featured seven ties and six lead changes. The Warriors would pull away late after Ventura pulled within a point at 48-47 with 4:07 left. The Warriors would answer with a 9-0 scoring run to take a 10-point lead with 1:08 left, the first and only double-digit advantage for either team in the game.
The Warriors will return to action Friday for another tilt at the Wild West Shootout.