Irvine Valley College entered last week’s games winless in conference play, losing their last four games. Last Wednesday, the Lasers hosted Santa Ana in a battle of the only two teams in conference play with zero wins. The Lasers went on to pick up their first conference win by a score of 43-38. On Friday, they nearly edged out Cypress College, to loose by only two points.
In the first half the Lasers allowed only two field goals by the Dons and had a cozy 10-point lead, 18-8. Santa Ana got back into the game and with minutes left in the quarter, the score was tied 38-38.
With 1:26 minutes left, freshman Erika Garcia made a clutch free throw putting the Lasers ahead by one point. The Lasers defense forced a turnover and then sophomore Ashley Dunn hit a shot, putting the Lasers ahead by three. Dunn finished with 15 points, six rebounds while going eight-for-eight from the charity stripe.
The Lasers had a poor shooting night, although they capitalized on the Don’s 30 turnovers, and their poor free throw shooting. The Dons fell to 7-16 overall and 0-5, placing them in last place in Orange Empire Conference standings.
Last Friday the Lasers hosted Cypress College. The Lasers jumped out on top for the early halftime lead of 25-20.
The Lasers committed 32 turnovers in the contest, with the majority in the second half.
The Chargers outscored the Lasers 27-20, which was enough to give the Chargers just enough to claim the victory with a final score of 47-45.
IVC had their shot at winning. With only 6.5 seconds left, after a missed free throw by the Charger’s petite 5-foot-2 Charger Michelle Salemi, the Lasers quickly advanced the ball down court. But, freshman Courtney Kollasch mishandled the ball, as time was expiring. All hope was lost and the Chargers won the game.
With the split week, the Lasers now have a record of 13-11 overall and have a record of 1-4 in OEC play.
The Lasers get back to the hardwood Friday at Fullerton College. The Hornets, will come into Friday’s game first in the OEC play with a record of 18-7 overall and undefeated in conference play. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.