La Verne gives up big lead, loses in OT

first_imgORANGE – As the University of La Verne women’s basketball team opened up its lead in the second half, the question became, “when can the Leopards feel safe?” On this night, against this Chapman College team, the answer was “never.” Chapman rallied from an 18-point deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation and went on to stun La Verne, 108-97 in overtime, in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament on Wednesday night at Hutton Sports Center. La Verne (19-7), the champions of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, dropped to 0-3 all time in NCAA tournament games. Chapman (23-5), which beat La Verne for the third time this season, advances to play at Howard Payne, Texas on Saturday. “You have to give them credit, they did a good job pressuring us,” La Verne coach Julie Kline said. “I thought we made some bad decisions. We had the opportunity to go to the basket and get to the line, and we didn’t.” Both teams got to the line plenty in a foul-marred affair. The teams combined for 65 fouls, 96 free throws and seven foul-outs, including four La Verne starters in overtime. “I like to let the players determine the outcome of the game,” Kline said, referring to the number of fouls. “I don’t think that’s what happened.” The Leopards led 74-56 on a basket by Emily Carrillo with 6:22 to play, but Chapman was far from done. The Panthers’ full-court press, which La Verne exploited for some open shots in the first 30 minutes or so, began to pay dividends. center_img La Verne led 80-70 when Lauren Kamiyama, who scored a game-high and career-high 34 points, made three 3-pointers in the final three minutes of regulation. Her third long-range shot brought Chapman to within 83-81 with 53 seconds to play. “I was a little surprised they kept leaving me open,” Kamiyama said. [email protected] (909)386-3863 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more