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Narrow win over Cal Lutheran gives CMS share of SCIAC regular season championship

Narrow win over Cal Lutheran gives CMS share of SCIAC regular season championship
Kris Brackmann (Photo by John Valenzuela)

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – One season after the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's basketball team tied for a sixth place conference finish in the SCIAC, CMS has seen a complete turnaround. With a 60-54 win at Cal Lutheran on Saturday evening in the team's final regular season game, the Athenas secured a share of the SCIAC regular season championship with Chapman.

Both teams finished at 14-2 in conference, but because Chapman defeated CMS (22-3, 14-2 SCIAC) both times this season, Chapman has earned the conference's top seed into the SCIAC Tournament and will host No. 4 seed Cal Lutheran, while CMS is the second seed and will host the No. 3 seed University of Redlands (19-6 overall, 12-4 SCIAC) on Thursday evening at Ducey Gym.

CMS last earned a conference title or share of a conference title in 2004 when the Athenas went 21-6 overall and 11-3 in SCIAC. With Saturday's win over Cal Lutheran, CMS has 22 wins and is now just one win shy of the program-best mark of 23 wins set back in 1987-88 when the team went 23-3.

Against Cal Lutheran, CMS had a double-digit lead in the second half on multiple occasions but could not pull away. A lay-up by Cal Lutheran's Janelle Porter with 12 seconds left narrowed CMS' lead to 57-54 which as close as Cal Lutheran could get.

Junior guard Kimberly Scamman then sealed the win for the Athenas with a pair of free-throws to cap off her game-high, 25-point night.

CMS led the game throughout with the exception of a few ties and led 29-22 at halftime.

Senior center Chloe Dobbert and freshman guard Kris Brackmann each had nine points for the Athenas.

CMS overcame a poor shooting night and 24 turnovers by outrebounding Cal Lutheran 43-32.

Jessica Salottolo led Cal Lutheran with 16 points off the bench.

Box score: http://www.cmsathletics.org/sports/wbkb/2013-14/boxscores/20140222_gvwg.xml?view=boxscore