LA VERNE, Calif. – A deep bench aided La Verne's efforts in their 74-50 win against Caltech on Saturday evening in a women's basketball SCIAC match-up.
Eleven players played at least 12 minutes for La Verne (5-8, 2-1) as the home squad held a 34-4 edge in points from the reserves.
In the opening half the first 11-plus minutes were back-and-forth. The Leopards took control of the opening stanza in the final 8:37 before halftime. Caltech (0-14, 0-3) held an 11-10 lead but the home squad finished the half on a 29-12 scoring run in taking a 39-23 lead into the locker room.
La Verne first half advantage was aided by an efficient shooting effort from behind the arc. The Leopards knocked down eight of their 17 shots from three-point land.
During the second half the Beavers dwindled their deficit down to 12 points on a Lisha Li jumper with 8:10 left in the contest. Over the next 86 seconds the team's traded points but Caltech couldn't get their deficit down to single digits before the final horn.
The Caltech defense held La Verne to a 34.2 shooting effort (25-of-73) but couldn't overcome a 22 turnover evening. The Leopards held a 19-4 edge in points off of turnovers.
Theresa Juarez chipped in a 13 rebound effort.