LA VERNE, Calif. – Bailey Kurahashi could not be stopped.
The junior from Torrance caught fire in the third quarter knocking down six threes on her way to setting a new single-game program record 11 three-pointers, leading the University of La Verne women's basketball team to a 135-84 win over the Saint Katherine Firebirds Wednesday afternoon.
Kurahashi set the record with 6:49 left to play from the left wing on a dish from Mackenzie Bell to put La Verne up 116-68.
"It's outstanding," said Head Coach Jason Pruitt. "She did a great job tonight, she focused, she's put the work in before and after practice and found her rhythm."
After knocking down three three-pointers in the first quarter, Kurahashi got hot again midway through the third quarter knocking down four of five three-point attempts to extend the Leopards' lead to 39 points.
The guard finished with 41 points, a career-high, in the win. She also added three assists and three rebounds.
Kurahashi breaks Kelly Kika's record of nine three-pointers set in 2012 in a 113-61 win over Pomona-Pitzer.
Six Leopards finished in double figures in the win.
Senior Kristi Sakamoto had a big day, finishing with a career-high 15 points while knocking down four three-pointers.
Clarissa Perez scored 18 points with a pair of three-pointers with three assists and three rebounds. Senior Kayla Chism had a solid game, scoring 11 points off 5-6 shooting from the field and grabbed eight boards.
Jazmyn Lacy led the Firebirds with 21 points and Damika Finley-Ponds added 17 points.
Season Impact: The Leopards improve to 5-13 overall.
Next Game: The Leopards return to SCIAC action this Saturday when they travel to Occidental. Tip-off against the Tigers is set for 4 p.m. at Rush Gymnasium.