LA VERNE, CA — Jasmine Xiong and Jazzlyn Johnson had big games offensively and the University of La Verne women's basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Westcliff Warriors 82-68 Saturday afternoon.
The Leopards notch their second straight win and improve to 2-1 overall. Westcliff falls to 2-7.
Xiong led all players with 21 points and sunk 4-6 shots from beyond the arc. The guard came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 of her points in the period as the Leopards outscored the Warriors 26-12 in the frame. The Lemoore, CA native also added a game-high four steals with four rebounds, three assists, and a block.
Johnson got off to a hot start, scoring nine of her 20 points in the first quarter. The sophomore also grabbed seven boards, dished out four assists and added three steals.
Down 37-28 early in the third quarter, the Leopards quickly erased the deficit when Destinee Garcia, Johnson, and Xiong knocked down three-pointers on three consecutive possessions to tie the game. Another bucket by Garcia, a layup and three-pointer from Alondra Ponce, and a make from Rachel Gafford completed an 18-0 to put La Verne up 46-37. Garcia racked up a team-high nine rebounds.
The Warriors briefly retook the lead early in the fourth quarter when Lauren Davis single handily sent her squad on a 6-2 run to jump in front 61-58. But Xiong responded with another three to tie the game and Gafford laid in a shot off the glass to put the Leopards up for good. La Verne ended the game on a 24-7 run.
Gafford finished with nine points and three rebounds. Freshman Charnpreet Takher grabbed eight boards and added one assist, one steal, and one block.
Davis led the Warriors with 19 points. Andrece Tate and Mammusum Secka each scored 10 points.
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