LA VERNE, Calif. — Cal Lutheran's Kiana Gray and Grace Derksen scored 19 and 17 points, respectively, as the Regals mounted a big second half comeback to defeat the La Verne Leopards, 77-69, Saturday night inside Sports Pavilion.
The Regals won their third straight game to improve to 10-7 overall and 5-3 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play. Cal Lutheran swept La Verne on the year as they also defeated them Dec. 2, 95-81.
Gray's 19 points were a career-high. Her previous high was 16. She scored her 19 by shooting 54.5-Percent from the field, including 3-for-3 from three-point range. She recorded her second career double-double as she pulled down 13 boards. She added three steals and three blocks.
Derksen tallied her career-high in points as she scored 17. She was all over the court and filled up her stat line. She added a team game-high six assists, three rebounds, three steals and one blocks.
Kayla Watterson recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She has 10-plus rebounds in 12 games.
The Leopards jumped all over the Regals and had a 23-9 lead after the first quarter. The teams went back and forth in scoring in the second as La Verne had a 37-25 lead at the half.
The Regals picked up the pace in the second half. CLU opened the second half on a 6-0 run and cut the lead to five points at 37-32. The Regals would eventually tie the game up at 43, but the Leopards bounced back and led 50-45 going into the fourth.
Cal Lutheran opened the fourth quarter with another run, this one being 12-0, and took a commanding 57-50 lead. The Regals never looked back as they went on to win 77-69. Cal Lutheran outscored La Verne 32-19 in the fourth quarter as the Regals completed the comeback.
Up next for Cal Lutheran is Occidental. The Regals travel to Los Angeles, Calif., and take on the Tigers Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Box Score: CLU 77, ULV 69
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Release by Ryan Jorgenson, Sports Information Director