La Verne Speeds Past Sagehens In Season Finale

La Verne Speeds Past Sagehens In Season Finale

La Verne, Calif. - The La Verne Women's Basketball team used a 17-0 run late in the first half to break open a close game and capture a 111-69 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Monday evening in the regular season finale for both teams.

Five players finished in double figures in scoring for the Sagehens, who end the year at 6-17 overall and 5-11 in the SCIAC. Freshman guard Juliah Shay Kim (Bakersfield, Calif.) led with 14 points, while freshman forward Dana Brozost-Kelleher (Washington, D.C. - pictured) scored in double figures for the first time in her career with 10 points on 5-5 shooting.

However, La Verne had six players in double figures (two with 13, three with 12 and one with 10), as well as one with nine points and another with eight, as the Leopards exploded for 111 points on the night.

After falling behind 25-9 early, the Sagehens used a 12-0 run to get back within four points and 25-21 on a Brozost-Kelleher basket with 9:27 left in the first half. A Megan Musashi four-point play pushed the lead back to eight, but Pomona-Pitzer was still within 35-29 after another Brozost-Kelleher basket with 6:36 left in the opening stanza.

However, La Verne then went on a 17-0 run in a span of less than four minutes, capping the run off on a three-pointer from Amanda Copas with 2:51 left before the break to make the score 52-29. The Leopards extended their lead to 61-34 at the break, and were able to coast through the second half.

Kim added six rebounds, five steals and four assists to her stat line, while senior guard Vanessa Ho (San Francisco, Calif.) concluded her career with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Freshman forward Amelia Hummel (Glenview, Ill.) added 11 points and sophomore forward Maria Weyhrauch (Juneau, Alaska) added 10.

The immediate future looks bright for the Sagehens as it closed the year with five freshmen and two sophomores among its top eight players, after senior guard Alexis Sones (Los Angeles, Calif.) was lost for the year with an injury. Sones and Ho will graduate, but the seven returning players will form a solid nucleus to build around for the next three years.