La Verne women to visit Chapman

first_imgMaybe the third time will be the breakthrough victory. The University of La Verne women’s basketball team, already in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third time in school history, found out Monday that it will be playing Chapman for the third time this season in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday. Game time at Chapman is 7 p.m. Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion La Verne (19-6) lost to independent Chapman (22-5) each of the first two times the teams played this season, but a victory this time would give La Verne a win in the NCAA Women’s Tournament for the first time in school history. “We’re actually excited,” said Kline, who is in her 16th season. “We’re familiar with Chapman and they’re right down the 57 freeway. “They’re close by. We don’t need to prepare for the game any differently.” Each of the NCAA Tournament trips for La Verne have come during Kline’s tenure and each time the Leopards have been matched up with an area opponent. In 1996, SCIAC runner-up La Verne lost to SCIAC champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the first round. In 2003, La Verne won the SCIAC, but lost to Chapman in the first round. This year, La Verne lost to Chapman 83-66 in La Verne on Nov. 27, and fell 68-65 in Orange on Jan. 23. “If we had any kind of first half (in the second game), we could’ve beaten them,” Kline said. center_img Chapman, winners of 16 in a row, was 10-2 against SCIAC opponents this season, beating every team it faced at least once. La Verne finished 12-2 in the SCIAC this season. The winner of Wednesday’s game will play at Howard Payne (Tex.) in the second round Saturday. Howard Payne (27-1), ranked No. 3 nationally, was also ranked No. 1 in the South Region and is the only team in the 63-team field with a first-round bye. “I was really surprised how they split up the Texas schools,” Kline said. “I thought we might be in the Northwest.” SBVC swept a double header at Compton, winning the opener 7-5 and the second game 3-2. The Wolverines rallied with a four-run final inning to take the opener. Compton closed within one with a run in the eighth inning of the second game, but SBVC held on in the ninth to clinch the victory. BASEBALL SBVC SOFTBALL In its final preseason tuneup, the Wolverines dropped a 6-2 road decision to Los Angeles Mission College. Freshman Laura Bargsten doubled and losing pitcher Amanda Merendon added two hits for SBVC (5-6), which opens its Foothill Conference schedule Wednesday at Barstow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more