The women's basketball team began SCIAC play on Thursday night with a 68-51 home win over the University of La Verne. Kalika Tullock (pictured) and Frannie Hemmelgarn both had double-doubles to lead the Athenas. CMS improved to 7-5 overall while La Verne fell to 2-8, 0-1.
La Verne started the game hitting three out of four from beyond the three point arc and led 11-6 early. CMS battled back to tie the game at 11, one of seven ties in the first half. Neither team shot well in the period. The Leopards cooled from three point range hitting only 1-15 after their hot start and made just seven field goals overall (on 27 shots [26%]). The Athenas only shot 35% from the field, but made six more baskets due to having a big advantage on the boards (27-18) and on shots (37-27). Both teams did shoot well from the free throw line with La Verne making 11-12 and CMS making 8-10. The Athenas closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 35-29 lead into the break.
La Verne heated up again from beyond the arc to start the half, hitting two of three, but then went stone cold at 0-10 for the rest of the half. The Leos did not score for over seven minutes after cutting the lead to three early in the half. The Athenas built the lead back up to nine, but were unable to put the game away as they only scored one point over a five minute stretch. La Verne managed to cut the lead back to two at 46-44, but were held to another scoreless stretch of almost six minutes and the Athenas went on a 12-0 run to take command of the game.
Tullock led the team with 18 points and added 10 rebounds. Hemmelgarn had 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Jennifer Ringoen led the team with 12 rebounds and added four assists, two blocks and two steals. Kimberly Scamman came off the bench to score 10 points with two assists and two steals. Christina Kinney led La Verne with 12 points. Amanda Copas added 11 points for the Leos.
CMS returns to action on Saturday, January 7 as they play at Caltech at 5:00. The Athenas next home game in Saturday, Januay 14 against Redlands.