Showdown at PEC
UAV had small halftime lead as of press time
LANCASTER — The University of Antelope Valley basketball women had a battle on their hands to reach the championship game of the California Pacific Conference Tournament Saturday night at the Pioneer Event Center.
The regular season co-champions were looking to advance to a championship game rematch with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Monday night at the PEC.
The Eagles used a frenetic fourth quarter defensive effort to subdue Simpson University 81-71 in the first semifinal.
The men’s tournament takes the PEC hardwood today, with UAV meeting Benedictine Mesa at 5:30 p.m., and Simpson taking on Embry-Riddle at 7:30 p.m.
ERAU and UAV shared the women’s regular season crown with 12-2 records. Each beat the other on its homecourt.
The Pioneers used the 3-point shot to build a 37-31 halftime lead on Saturday. Tylen Price connected three times from the wing, and LaChae McColor canned a similar wing three and converted dazzling reverse layup for five first half points. UAV led 73-64 in the fourth quarter.
Alexia Budd was a force on the fiberglass with 10 points and seven rebounds before going to the bench with her third personal foul.
UAV jumped to an early 15-7 lead. They could never stretch it to more than seven points after that, due mainly to the play of Bobcat guard Haylee Owen, who hit 5-of-6 shots to finish the half with 10 points.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University made itself right at home in the Aerospace capital of the West
The Eagles (23-4) limited Simpson to just nine points in the first quarter, and led 41-31 at the intermission.
Redhawks point guard Estella Gutierrez took over in the third quarter.
She sped the length of the floor for layups for openers. Her pull-up three on the fast break tied the game 52-all with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter.
also scored, and Barkov, Huberdeau and Yandle added assists for the Panthers, who have won four of five and are 10-5-0 in their last 15.
Florida’s Roberto Luongo stopped 18 shots and tied Ed Belfour for third place in career wins among goaltenders with 484.
“Listen, it’s nice obviously to get those recognitions, but at the end of the day I just want to get wins for our club and obviously make a push here and try to sneak in back in the playoffs,” Luongo said.
Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who dropped their seventh straight. Quick stopped 17 of 23 shots before being lifted in the third period. Jack Campbell made two saves in relief.
Trocheck skated into the left circle in the second period, took a pass from Evgenii Dadonov and scored his sixth goal, and first since Jan. 21 at 11:56 of the first.
Brown tied it at 1 when he stole a pass just outside the blue line, raced in on Luongo and scored his 13th goal at 13:59.
Brown, who ended a run of 12 games without a goal, nearly scored his second to give Los Angeles its first lead on a short-handed breakaway in the period’s last minute, but Luongo denied him.
McGinn and McCoshen scored their first goals of the season in the third period — McGinn at 6:14, McCoshen 28 seconds later — for the final margin.
NOTES: Brown’s goal was his first since Jan. 17. . Doughty skated in his franchise-record 389th consecutive game. . Florida concluded its seven-game homestand with a 4-30 mark.. The Panthers scratched C Derick Brassard ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.
TOURNAMENT TIME — University of Antelope Valley senior guard T’Airah Pryor moves to defend against a UC Meced player on Saturday night at the Pioneer Event Center. The Pioneers are hosting the California Pacific Conference tournament and led their semifinal game late in the second half as of press time.