CLAREMONT, Calif. — The Cal Lutheran women's basketball team, the No. 3 team in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), took on No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Monday night in Roberts Pavilion. The game came down to the final seconds and the Athenas' defense made a crucial stop and prevailed 52-51.
Kayla Watterson and Jessi Westering both had a double-double for the Regals (12-9, 7-5 SCIAC). Watterson put up her fifth double-double of the season as she scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Westering recorded the first double-double of her career. She scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds.
CLU had a cold shooting night from the three-point line as the Regals went 4-of-26 for 15.4-percent. From the field, they shot 32.7-percent. At the charity stripe, the Violet and Gold were 11-of-13 for 84.6-percent.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas went up early and took an 8-2 lead. CLU bounced back and took a 9-8 lead after Kiana Gray hit a three. At the end of the first, the score was tied at 13.
At the start of the second quarter, Cal Lutheran went on a 5-0 run and had an 18-13 lead. CMS was quick to answer with their own 5-0 run and the score was tied again, this time at 18. The teams went back and forth in scoring over the final minutes of the half and the Regals had a 24-23 lead.
The score continued to be close in the third quarter, but CMS outscored CLU by two and had a 41-40 lead. At the start of the fourth, the score was tied four time. The Athenas took a 48-46 lead with 3:43 left in the game. With 1:18 left, Westering hit a clutch three that put the Regals up 49-48. On the ensuing play, CMS made a layup and went back up one.
Coming out a timeout, Watterson made a layup with 32 seconds left in the game and CLU led 51-50. For every play the Regals made, the Athenas answered with one of their own. That continued to be the trend as CMS made a layup with 3 seconds left. The Regals had a chance at the buzzer, but the Athenas' defense was there for the stop.
The Regals return to Thousand Oaks, Calif., for their final home game. Cal Lutheran hosts Pomona-Pitzer Saturday for Senior Day at 4 p.m. in Gilbert Arena.
Box Score: CMS 52, CLU 51
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Release by Ryan Jorgenson, Sports Information Director