Turnovers cost Women’s Basketball at Chapman

Turnovers cost Women’s Basketball at Chapman

ORANGE, Calif. — The University of La Verne women's basketball team outplayed Chapman in nearly all aspects of the game but committed too many turnovers in a 84-68 loss on Thursday night at Hutton Sports Center.

La Verne falls to 3-15 overall and 2-8 in SCIAC play. Chapman improves to 14-6 and 9-2.

The Leopards outshot the Panthers, 51 percent to 44, held a plus-10 advantage on the glass and made four more 3-pointers.

But La Verne gave the ball away 26 times and Chapman turned the miscues into 31 points, which proved more than enough to overcome shooting and rebounding disadvantages. On the other hand, the Panthers protected the ball well, giving it up only six times.

Chapman jumped out to an early lead as it forced nine turnovers in the opening quarter and made 9-of-10 free throws. 

The trend continued the rest of the game. The Leopards committed five more turnovers and and the Panthers grabbed five offensive rebounds, which led to Chapman getting 13 more shots than La Verne in the second quarter. La Verne continued to shoot well in the second half and maintained a decided advantage on the boards, but just could not take care the ball.

Faye Osburn registered the first double-double of her career, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Shannon Irwin had a team-high 17 points and six assists, and Emily Myers hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds.

Natalia Ebrahimian led Chapman with 22 points and 11 rebounds, 10 of which came on the offensive end. Megan Charles scored 17, Lauren Sato added 15 and Katelyn Serizawa chipped in 12.

The Leopards are back in action on Saturday against Whittier.

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