The Irvine Valley women's basketball team out-scored, 17-9, down the stretch and came away with a 61-54 win at Santa Ana in the Lasers' Orange Empire Conference opener on Friday.
The loss dropped the Dons' record to 4-12 on the season and 0-2 in conference play, while the Lasers improved to 10-9 and 1-0.
Janelle Flores opened the scoring for the Dons with back-to-back baskets to put SAC up 4-0 before IVC sophomore forward Megan Blackwell's three-pointer made it 4-3.
Flores' early hot-hand continued with another basket that extended the Dons lead to 6-3.
IVC answered with five-straight points to take its first lead of the game at 8-6 before Berlin Ohanesian's jumper tied the game at 8-8.
Freshman forward Shomari McCorkle hit a free throw to give IVC the lead at 9-8, a lead the Lasers wouldn't surrender for the remainder of the half. Irvine Valley's largest lead of the half came at 26-14 with 7:39 remaining before going on to take a 36-26 lead into the break.
On the half, the Lasers shot 46 percent compared to just 38 percent by the Dons. The Dons battled back in the second half, tying the game at 40-40 and later at 42-42. SAC took its first lead of the second half (45-44) with 8:35 remaining on an Anna Nguyen three-pointer.
However, the Lasers reclaimed the lead on a Blackwell three-pointer two possessions later and held the lead for the remainder of the game. Flores led all scorers with 22 points followed by Nguyen with 21 points. IVC was paced by Blackwell and McCorkle, who had 17 points apiece.
Blackwell was 5 of 10 from three-point range. McCorkle added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Freshman point guard Amber Wharton chipped in 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals and sophomore forward Melanie Kashanchi had five points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Lasers.
IVC shot 37.7 percent from the field for the game and out-rebounded Santa Ana, 43-33. IVC had 19 offensive rebounds. The Lasers play again next Wednesday, hosting district rival Saddleback at 7:30 p.m.