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.
Mt. SAC women’s basketball coach Laura Beeman admits her team’s 72-61 victory over Ventura on Nov. 25 had special meaning. It wasn’t because it came in the championship game of the Ventura Tournament of Champions. It marked the 300th career victory for Beeman, in her 13th year directing the team.
School adminstrators surprised the veteran coach with a bouquet of flowers and a cake at the team’s next practice. The original plan was to honor her at the next home game but that was three weeks off.
Beeman shrugged off the individual accomplishment and passed along praise to her coaching staff. Top assistant Brian Crichlow has been with her for nine years.
“It really is a group accomplishment,” she said. “As the head coach you’re on the chopping block if you’re not winning and you get all the praise if you do things right. But I see us developing players and building a strong program as a coaching staff.”
The Mounties, ranked first in the state, should make a strong bid for their third consecutive state title and fourth in five years. They are off to a 12-1 start, the lone loss coming to Orange Coast 63-57 in the season opener, the school’s first loss at home in more than two years.
Beeman chalks up that loss primarily to the fact that it was the Mounties first game with 11 newcomers on her 15-player roster. She doesn’t worry much about a loss.
“We’re about graduating our players and getting them to the next level,” she said. “And we want to have a winning program. You graduate your players and win a state title and no one is going to remember how many games you lost.”
The team is led by sophomore guard Jazlyn Davis (16.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.4 apg), 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Carmen Deal (15.4 ppg, 11 rpg 2.4 bpg) and freshman guard Blaire Egardo (15 ppg, 4 rpg).