Panthers Power Past Regals
CLU drops season series to Chapman
ORANGE, Calif. – The chance to maintain sole possession of first place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings fell short today as the Cal Lutheran women’s basketball team dropped a 70-58 decision to Chapman, forcing a three-way tie between the two aforementioned teams and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps atop the league standings.
The only loss of the season for CLU going into today was a 70-68 loss to the Panthers at home and the Regals were unable to avenge that with a win today. CU took an early 26-12 lead after the first frame and the hole was too big for the Violet and Gold to get out of, though the visiting squad outscored the host 21-14 in the third quarter.
Offensive Highlights: Janelle Porter had another strong showing, coming off the bench to score a team-leading 18 points in just 22 minutes of play. Jessica Salottolo poured in 17 points and was 2-for-3 from three-point range. Both Sofia Cruz and Grace Derksen handed out two assists. As a unit, CLU shot just 35.7 percent from the floor today.
Defensive Highlights: The Regals combined for 42 rebounds, 13 more than Chapman, with Haley Hodgson leading the way for everyone on the court by grabbing nine. Hodgson added two blocks and Cruz recorded one as well while Hodgson and Salottolo each had a steal. Porter and Makenna Murray tallied six rebounds apiece as well.
The Opponent: Chapman (10-8, 7-2 SCIAC) put a trio of players in double figures with Lauren Sato pacing all players by scoring 20. Jaryn Fajardo added 12 and led the Panthers with eight rebounds and three steals.
Cal Lutheran (11-7, 7-2) remains on the road for one more game, travelling to Whittier for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off against the Poets on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Graham Athletics Center.
Box Score: CU 70, CLU 58
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