February 25, 2012
Cal Lutheran Wins SCIAC Postseason Women's Basketball Tournament; Advances to NCAA Division III Championships
For the first time in program history the Cal Lutheran
women’s basketball team won the SCIAC Post-Season Tournament
following a 61-58 road win over Redlands in Saturday night’s
Box Score: CLU 61, UR 58 – F
Cal Lutheran was forced to fight off four potential game-tying
opportunities in the final 30 seconds of regulation. Ashley Sevilla
fired up a final 3-point attempt that was off target and the Cal
Lutheran celebration ensued.
Cal Lutheran never trailed over the final 24 minutes of
regulation. Redlands pulled to within a single point on three
different occasions in the second half, but ultimately a sub-par
effort at the free throw line proved costly.
A first half shooting exhibition by CLU’s Chelsey
Hastigan featured 11 points and a perfect 3-for-3 effort from
beyond the arc. She was one of four different Regals to connect
from long range in helping to build a 36-31 halftime cushion.
Redlands spent more time at the charity stripe than shooting
from the field in the first 20 minutes. Cal Lutheran was charged
with 13 fouls which sent Redlands to the free throw line 22 times.
The Bulldogs made 14-of-22 free throws and 7-of-15 field goals by
Both teams stuck to their respective strategies in the second
half. Cal Lutheran pulled ahead by as many as 10 points midway
through the period. Redlands chipped away at its deficit at the
free throw line, but timely second half 3-pointers from Channing
Fleischmann and Hastigan helped maintain the Regals lead.
Erica Whitley made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 24 seconds
to secure the win. As a team the
Regals converted 15-of-20 free throws and made a season-high
10 3-pointers on Saturday.
Hastigan led all players with 16 points. Fleischmann and
Starla Wright finished with 10 points apiece. Whitley led the
Regals with nine rebounds and six assists, to go along with nine
Marika Staton led Redlands with 14 points featuring an 8-for-10
effort at the foul line. Mariah Barbetti-Cort finished with 13
point and Courtney Carroll 11.
For the second time in as many games the Regals avenged a
double-digit road loss earlier in the season with a victory in the
SCIAC Tournament. Cal Lutheran beat Occidental 51-49 on Thursday
after falling 62-47 in their original contest at Rush Gymnasium. On
Saturday the Regals defeated the Bulldogs after falling by 13 at
Currier Gym back on Jan. 19.
CLU will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since
the 2005-06 season. It will be the program’s seventh overall
trip to “March Madness.”
Cal Lutheran (18-9) will find out whom, when and where it will
play its NCAA Tournament first round contest during the selection
show on Monday, Feb. 27, at 11:30 a.m. PST