Solid First Half for La Verne Leads to Win; Wong Tallies Double-Double for Caltech
PASADENA, CA – After building a sizeable lead at intermission, La Verne kept Caltech at a comfortable distance the rest of the game in posting a 63-45 win.
The Leopards opened up a 38-19 halftime lead in large part to a strong inside presence and solid defense. La Verne scored 22 points in the paint and forced the Beavers into 18 turnovers which gave them a 17-4 edge in points off turnovers.
La Verne's key scoring drive in the half came during the last seven minutes of the half. Caltech had an opportunity to trim a 20-12 deficit down to five points but Stephanie Wong's three-pointer rimmed out. La Verne controlled the momentum the remainder of the stanza. The Leopards held Caltech to two field goals the rest of the half as they finished the period on an 18-7 spurt.
During the second period Caltech got their deficit down to 13 points on two occasions but couldn't draw any closer.
Both squads struggled from the field as La Verne made 22-of-65 (33.8 percent) of their field goal attempts while the Beavers went 16-for-57 (28.1 percent) from the floor. Each team had their fair issues holding onto the ball with La Verne committing 20 turnovers while Caltech had 30 miscues. The Leopards took advantage of the home team's mistakes as they held 29-9 scoring edge in points off turnovers.
Wong tallied her third double-double of the season for the Beavers. The sophomore had a team high 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds before fouling out. Esther Du corralled 10 rebounds which represents a season high for her. Bridget Connor scored 10 points while playing all but three minutes.
Emily Myers was the only player to score in double figures for La Verne by scoring a game high 17 points in 23 minutes. The Leopards spread out their offense as 11 players fought their way into the scoring column.