On a night where the Lasers’ star center, D.J. Butler, was not available to play, the Lasers counted on second-year starter Ashley Dunn and she delivered in a 51-42 win over Santa Monica last Wednesday.
The Laser Women’s basketball team improved its record to 3-2 on the season.
The Lasers and the Corsairs started the game off a bit rough, as the Corsairs looked like they would pull away early in the game. The Lasers did not score their first points until five minutes went off the game clock. But then Santa Monica cooled off as well as their shooting did as they only shot 29 perent from the field in the first half.
At the end of the half the Lasers got hot, as Dunn and freshman Erika Garcia hit 3-pointers to extend the Laser lead to 23-17 at half.
In an eight-minute span the Lasers went on a 16-4 run, putting the game almost out of reach.
Santa Monica had one run left, but the Lasers kept their stride and put the game away with strong defense and by knocking down shots. Ivy Melo a freshman, was all over the court going after loose balls and playing strong defense and forcing Santa Monica into offensive fouls.
Melo finished with seven points, five assists and two steals. The story of the game was Dunn. She was the leading scorer on the floor with 15 points going 5/9 shooting. She also snagged 12 rebounds. 6 rebounds a piece on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Last Friday night the Lasers traveled to Glendale.
The Lasers won the game71-57. In the second half the Lasers out scored Glendale 43-29 for the easy victory. Erika Garcia led the Lasers with 14 points.
Brittney Horton and Ashley Dunn each had 13 points.
“It was a great team effort, we had a lot of different people contribute” said IVC Head Coach Julie Hanks. In the game Ashleigh Kollasch had 10 points. On Saturday night the Lasers hosted LA Valley College, they also won the game by a score of 61-56. The Lasers had a comfortable lead but allowed LAVC to get back in the game. Alleson Frampton sealed the game with a lay up in which she was wide open under the Laser net.
Frampton finished with 11 points and had six rebounds. The Lasers leading scorer was Erika Garcia who had 18 points for the Lasers.
Video interview with Laser’s head coach Julie Hanks.