|Sophomore Emily Carrillo had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds in the Leopards’ victory over Holy Names, 66-64, on Dec. 1. With 47 seconds left in the game, Carrillo scored the go-ahead field goal and was fouled, giving the La Verne women’s basketball team their first lead in the game. The Leopards will go on to face Tri-State at the Frantz Athletic Court on Dec. 17.
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It was an exciting night for the ULV women's basketball team as they rallied back in the final minutes to beat Holy Names, 66-64, last Saturday at the Frantz Athletic Court.
Holy Names dominated the majority of the game and maintained their lead until the final minutes, when La Verne finally pulled ahead.
La Verne got off to a slow start and at halftime trailed the Hawks, 32-25.
However head coach Julie Kline was not going to watch her talented team lose, so with a motivational halftime speech the women were ready to make their comeback.
“At halftime we started listening to our coach,” senior captain Marissa Raya said.
“Everything she tells us, we are capable of doing,” Raya said. “She has confidence in us.”
With minutes remaining in the game, La Verne tied up the score 61-61.
Then with only 47 seconds left, sophomore forward Emily Carrillo made the final basket and drew a crucial foul against the Hawks.
Carrillo hit the free throw, making the score 64-61 and giving the Leopards their first advantage of the game.
Raya made the gap a bit wider when she sank two more free throws, putting the Leopards up, 66-61.
As the Hawks tried to come back, they had an opportunity when junior guard Angelita Hutton scored a three pointer, making the score, 66-64.
La Verne then forced a turnover with seven seconds left, and then the buzzer went off giving the Leopards the victory.
“At first there was a lack of focus,” Mayra Duenas, a freshman guard, said.
“We knew we were better, but just needed to play at our level,” Duenas said.
Despite coming out on top, La Verne was out rebounded in the game, 48-33.
“It’s all about rebounding,” Raya said. “We needed to limit their chances of scoring.”
Although La Verne compensated for their lack of rebounds by forcing 25 Hawks turnovers as oppose to the Leopards committing 19 turnovers in the game.
ULV also shot 85 percent from the line, making 22 of 26 free throw attempts which proved to be the difference down the stretch as the Hawks converted only 12 of their 17 attempts.
“We definitely have a good chance at winning conference,” Duenas said. “That’s our ultimate goal.”
“We have a great team,” Raya said. “We are working on our chemistry, we have great returners as well as freshmen.”
Junior forward Trenecca Jones was the high scorer for the Leopards with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Along with Jones, three of her teammates also finished in the double digits.
Freshman guard Ashley Paul and Raya recorded 11 points each, and senior forward Leslie Elrod added 10 more to the stat sheet.
With the win La Verne improved their record to 3-1.
The Leopards will next host Tri-State at 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Frantz Athletic Court, then they will travel to Cancun, Mexico, Dec. 20-21 to play in the Caribbean Hoops Showdown.
Jennifer Gilderman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.