Oxy Hoops Defeat CLU

Stephanie Babij lays the ball in during the Tigers' victory over CLU on the road. (Photo: Tracy Maple)
Stephanie Babij lays the ball in during the Tigers' victory over CLU on the road. (Photo: Tracy Maple)

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2008) – Cal Lutheran scored the first bucket of the game, but Occidental jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the opening minutes of play, never trailing again as they handed CLU a 72-61 loss at the Gilbert Arena tonight in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action tonight.

The senior-junior duo of Stacie Roshon and Brianne Brown combined for 24 points and 24 rebounds as each recorded a double-double for the Tigers. Also adding double figure performances were Laura Mohler and Stephanie Babij

Occidental opened a 22 point lead, the largest on the night, with 17:39 to play in the second half. The Regals chipped away and pulled within eight points, twice, but a pair of Babij free throws at the 2:44 mark put the game into a double-figure spread that the Tigers would maintain throughout the remainder of regulation. Oxy players combined for go 9-14 from the free throw line during that time.

Brown and Mohler tied with a game-high 19 points, while Roshon and Babij poured in 14 apiece. Brown and Babij were 7-for-8 and 6-for-7, respectively, from the charity stripe in the game.

Overall the Tigers shot 35.7% from the field and were 40% from long range with a 72.2 free throw shooting percentage on the night. Cal Lutheran combined to shoot 41.3 % from the field, but were just 50% from the line.

Oxy grabbed 47 rebounds while the Regals combined for 36. Fifteen of the 47 boards came on the offensive end of the court for Oxy, including four from both Roshon and Brown. Occidental converted offensive boards for 14 points and Cal Lutheran gained eight points on second changes.

The Regals scored 30 of their 61 points in the paint as the Tigers put in 22 from the paint. Occidental forced 23 turnovers, leading to 20 Oxy points. Cal Lutheran used 21 Tiger turnovers to their advantage, scoring 13 points.

Britinee Yasukochi led all players with four assists, while Mohler added three. Brown was tops on the court with four steals and Mohler, Roshon and Jennifer Wilhelm each stole the ball twice.

CLU’s Mary Placido and Ali Neill each scored 11 and Neill had a team leading six rebounds in the game.

Occidental returns to Rush Gymnasium on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 when they host the Whittier College Poets at 7:30 p.m.