Women's basketball team hands Cypress first loss in conference   

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Box Score

The Irvine Valley women's basketball team won its third straight game and moved into a tie for first place in the Orange Empire Conference with a 66-60 win at Cypress on Friday night.2012faasamala.jpg

The Lasers also handed Cypress its first loss in conference play.

Irvine Valley, Cypress and Fullerton are all tied for first in conference with records of 4-1.

Irvine Valley hosts Fullerton in an important battle Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Against Cypress, freshman forward Shomari McCorkle led the way with 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes.

Sophomore forwards Jackie Fa'asamala and Megan Blackwell each contributed 10 points, while freshman point guard Amber Wharton added nine points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

IVC did a nice job defensively against the Chargers. Cypress shot just 35.9 percent (23 of 64) from the field for the game. And the Lasers did a nice job of sharing the ball on offense, recording 16 assists on their 26 made baskets.

They were also 9 of 9 from the free throw line.

Cypress was ahead early in the game, but Irvine Valley took the lead midway through the first half and was up most of the rest of the way.

The Lasers were ahead, 33-26, at halftime and up by as many as 12 points (38-26) early in the second half on a three-pointer by Blackwell.

Cypress battled back and took a 52-51 lead on two free throws by Melissa Jensen with 8:17 remaining.

IVC took the lead right back on lay-up by McCorkle.

The lay-up was part of a 6-0 run that gave the Lasers the lead for good. Cypress pulled to within 62-20 with 42 seconds left, but Irvine Valley scored the final four points of the game on a jumper by Fa'asamala and two free throws by Wharton.

Irvine Valley improved its record to 13-10 overall.  

Posted by  Brent Shaver  on  1/21/2012
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