The University of La Verne women’s basketball team is all alone in first place in the SCIAC standings after defeating the University of Redlands 71-61 Saturday at Currier Gym in Redlands.
Both squads came into the contest tied atop the SCIAC with respective 5-0 records. The Leopards, who trailed 36-33 at the half, outscored Redlands 38-25 in the final 20 minutes to claim victory and snap the Bulldogs’ eight-game win streak.
La Verne (13-4, 6-0 SCIAC) pulled away down the stretch getting key baskets from Trenecca Jones, Marissa Raya and Emily Carrillo. The biggest shot, however, came from point guard Lindsey Shiomi, who sank a three-point basket with under two minutes left to help secure the win. The Leopards shot 51.7% from the field in the second half.
The Leopards also hit 10 three-point field goals and forced 17 Bulldog turnovers. La Verne also held Redlands to 3-of-16 shooting (18.8%) from three-point range.
Jones posted her ninth double-double of the season with game-highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Paul connected on five three-point baskets en route to 15 points, while Carrillo and Raya added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Carrillo finished a perfect 6-of-6 from the field.
Redlands (12-4, 5-1 SCIAC) used an 11-2 run late in the first half to lead by three at the break. The Bulldogs were successful in the early going getting several buckets off Leopard turnovers. Mackenzie Smith tallied 12 points for Redlands while Laura Murphy chipped in with 10.
ULV returns to action next Thursday as it makes the short trip to Claremont to take on the Athenas of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Tip time is 7:30 pm.