Santos scores 21 to lead women's basketball team to win at Riverside   

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Dominique SantosRiverside City's women's basketball team had three players score in double figures, but Irvine Valley freshman forward Dominique Santos made sure the Lasers went home with a victory. 

Santos came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points in helping Irvine Valley to a 71-52 victory over Riverside on Friday night at California Baptist University in Riverside.

The win kept Irvine Valley (17-11, 8-2) tied with Fullerton for second place in the Orange Empire Conference and just a game behind Cypress for first place.

IVC plays Cypress and Fullerton this week in its final two games of the regular season. Irvine Valley hosts Cypress on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and plays at Fullerton on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in huge match-ups.

All of Santos' points came from beyond the three-point line as she made 7 of 11 three-pointers. Santos scored 12 points in the first half as the Lasers built a 32-27 halftime lead.

In the opening half, Irvine Valley used a 14-0 run and took a 21-7 lead on a three-pointer by Santos with 10:20 remaining.

Riverside (8-18, 2-8), however, battled back and got within 26-25 with 1:38 left. But it was as close as the Tigers would be the rest of the night. Irvine Valley slowly pulled away the final 20 minutes, at one point opening a 66-45 lead with 3:42 left.

The Lasers, who had 11 of their 12 players score, got 35 points from their bench. Irvine Valley, which also out-rebounded the Tigers 42-35, got 13 rebounds from sophomore forward Melanie Kashanchi and nine rebounds from sophomore forward Megan Blackwell.

Freshman forward Shomari McCorkle finished with 11 points and seven rebounds and freshman point guard Amber Wharton had 11 points and six assists.

Riverside was led by Christina Pascua, who had 15 points.

Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  2/10/2012
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