The University of La Verne’s women’s basketball team concluded their roller coaster season in victorious fashion Thursday evening by defeating the Whittier College Poets en route to a 12-13 overall record and 8-6 record in conference play, including four wins in their final five contests.
The Leopards may have finished their season with the exact same record as the year before, but fought back in many games and overcame an early five game skid to play very competitive basketball and become considered a formidable opponent in the competitive SCIAC conference.
“The season was not exactly what we wanted it to be and we are a much better team than we showed on certain nights, but I am very proud of our efforts and our program will continue to improve with the emergence of our younger players,” said Sydni Myrick, ULV women’s basketball assistant coach.
The Leopards were paced this season by the stellar play of senior Stephanie Foster, whose leadership on the court was equally impressive to her team leading 12 points per game average, to go along with 5 rebounds per contest.
“I’m sad to be playing my last game for ULV and wish that I had come here right out of high school, but I am very happy with our season and look forward to continuing with the program as the graduate assistant next year, while I pursue my masters degree in counseling,” Foster said.
Not only are the Leopards saying good bye to Foster this season, but will also be losing four other dedicated seniors to graduation in Lindsay Pulcher, Dana Hester, and the twins Kimberly and Nicole Gerber.
“Playing together is all we have ever known and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We had a great time finishing up our careers here at ULV and now it is time to move on to the real world and pursue real estate and sports agency,” said the senior twins.
The senior class was a strong one for the Leopards and their leadership will sorely be missed, but the clipboard was definitely not left bare.
Strong showings for the Leopards this season also came from a three dynamic sophomores in Erica Williams, Lindsay Shiomi and Marisa Raya, as well as from freshman Trenecca Jones.
A positive finish to a fine season leaves the returning Leopard basketball players, coaches, and fans optimistic about a winning season and potentially a conference championship in 2007.
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