The women's basketball team improved to 12-1 at home this season with a 71-66 win over La Verne on Saturday night. The Athenas moved ahead of the Leopards in the SCIAC standings with CMS now alone in third with a 7-4 record while La Verne is in a three-way tie for fourth at 6-5. CMS improved to 17-5 overall and La Verne fell to 9-13.
The game was back and forth early with three ties in the first few minutes. CMS was able to build up a nine point lead with just under six minutes remaining, but La Verne went on a 14-2 run to take the lead before the game tightened back up. The game was tied again twice in the final minutes. La Verne hit a basket with seven seconds left to put the Leos up 39-37 heading into the break.
The second half began much like the first, back and forth, with three more ties. CMS used a 7-0 run to take a seven point advantage, but La Verne countered shortly thereafter with a 6-0 run to retake the lead. The game was tied twice more including 58-58 at the 5:44 mark. CMS used a 6-0 run to take the lead for good with two Madeline Barnes (FR, Kenmore, WA) securing the win after La Verne had closed to within three in the closing seconds.
Overall the game featured seven lead changes and 11 ties. CMS had a big advantage at the free throw line with the Athenas attempting 15 more than the Leos and converting 10 more. La Verne took 12 more field goals in the game, but only made one more basket.
Frannie Hemmelgarn (SO, Seattle, WA [pictured]) had a big game for CMS with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jennifer Ringoen (JR, San Mateo) had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds while adding three blocks. Overall, the Athenas had four players score in double figures. Emily Carrillo, who passed 1,000 points for her career in the game, led La Verne with 14 points. Megan Musashi had a double-double for the Leopards with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
CMS will travel to Redlands on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 for another key game. The Bulldogs lead the Athenas by one game in the standings. The team's first meeting was one of the best of the season with CMS winning 90-83 in double overtime. CMS' final regular-season home game will be on Saturday, February 19 at 5:00 against Caltech.