Assistant Sports Editor
The women’s basketball team lost to the Cal Lutheran Regals, 63-47, Saturday at Frantz Athletic Court.
It was a tight first half as the Regals held onto a seven-point lead, 30-23.
“The end result is not what I wanted but we fought the entire game,” sophomore point guard Shannon Irwin said. “Even though the game wasn’t how we expected it to end, we have to move onto the next and just learn from this game.”
Leopard senior forward Lindsey Foster was able to score multiple times with help from sophomore center Emily Myers to keep the score close at 19-18, Cal Lutheran, with 6:47 left on the clock.
“Going into the game, I felt pretty good,” Foster said. “I knew my scout and I felt like we were going to do some damage as a team.”
Junior point guard Riki Murakami sank in the first three-pointer for La Verne and the game with 16.2 seconds left in the first half with the Leopards still down, 27-23.
“Our heart and effort is in the game, it’s just adjusting to each opponents strengths and capitalizing on their weaknesses,” Myers said. “Our rebounding was a big key in the game and that’s a department we fell short in.”
To start the second half, Myers made a shot in the paint, cutting the lead to five with the Regals still ahead, 30-25.
Freshman guard Gaby Moura-Hayes made a second three-pointer for the Leopards with 18:46 left on the clock with La Verne still down, 32-28.
As the shot clock winded down, Irwin hit a three, cutting the Regals lead to just one, 32-31.
With an assist by junior point guard Tiffany Hicks, Myers was able to make a shot, putting La Verne in the lead for the first time, 39-38.
Constant help from sophomore forward Jasmine Bush, senior forward Teresa Fatai and senior center Maria Sanchez helped the team to maintain a lead.
Fouls were going in Cal Lutheran’s way.
“Coach has been big on pushing through adversity and with most of our team out with injuries, we really need to lean on each other and play mentally tough,” Myers said. “I know each one of my teammates want to do well and we are all willing to go the extra mile for each other.”
Freshman guard Sofia Cruz continued to help the Regals to stay ahead of La Verne sinking in free throws with 14.4 seconds left of the second half, 61-47, Cal Lutheran.
Cruz scored 17 points for the Regals.
“We’re in a position that we can’t afford to lose any more games and we needed that game to secure our own fate in conference,” Myers said. “I’m proud of the effort our team made, however I think we need to focus more on next weeks games and not on the past.”
As the clock winded down, the Leopards fell short, losing 63-47.
“I was pretty upset with the end result,” Foster said. “They were a beatable team and we just struggled to pull out a win.”
With key players senior guards Megan Musashi and Kay Hurd out with injuries, the team is trying their best to play mentally and physically tough.
“With people out with injuries and players playing through injuries, we’re continuing to stay strong with many players stepping it up,” Irwin said. “It’s definitely a team effort to fight through and keep playing our best.”
Foster finished with a team high of 14 points and two rebounds for the Leopards.
Myers also finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.
The loss hands La Verne its second straight of the season.
Next game scheduled is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
“To prepare for our next game, I think we need to focus on taking more shots but being confident about the shots we take,” Foster said. “If we are confident with our shots we will knock them down no problem.”
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