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Mt. SAC Women Basketball Fall in So Cal Regional Final to Irvine Valley, 76-71

Mt. SAC Women's Basketball Team

(Walnut, CA) For the first time in 12 years, the Mt. SAC Women's Basketball Team will not be heading to next weeks' CCCAA State Championship after a, 76-71, loss to Irvine Valley College in the So Cal Regional Final.

A state-record streak of 11 consecutive CCCAA Tournament appearances between 2007 and 2017 ended at the Mt. SAC Gymnasium, before a loud and supportive crowd, as the Mounties fought to the last tick of the clock.

The Mounties ended the season with a 24-8 overall record.

In a game that saw 16 lead changes, it came down to the last 55 seconds with a trip to the state championship tournament on the line.

Mt. SAC sophomore guard Dominique McLaughlin (11-25 FG, 7-8 FT, 5 Asst., 5 Steals, Blk.), who scored a game-high 31 points, evened the game at 67-67 with a layup and 55 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

After Irvine Valley sank a 3-pointer to lead 70-67, freshman guard MyJoi Adams (9-16 FG, 3-4 FT, 6 RB, 2 Asst., 3 Stl., 21 Pts) connected on a short jump shot, to trail 70-69 with 33 seconds left.

The Lasers stretched the lead to four points (73-69) with three free throws, but as they had been doing all game, the Mounties came back with a jump shot by freshman guard Tiana Douglas (2-4 FG, 9 RB, 4 Pts.) to trail by a basket (73-71) with :11 remaining.

Irvine Valley finished the scoring with three free throws to win the game and end Mt. SAC's season.

The Mounties led after the first quarter 17-14 and Irvine Valley reversed the second quarter with a three-point advantage, 14-11 and a 28-28 halftime tie.

The Mounties entered the final quarter with a five-point lead 48-43 after a 20-point third quarter.

McLaughlin and sophomore forward Jonnae Vermillion (2-4 FT, 9 RB, Blk., 8 Pts.) led the Mounties in the quarter with six points each. 

"It was a blessing here (Mt. SAC) with my teammates both years and coach B (Brian Crichlow)," said Vermillion, who will play at Cal State San Marcos next season.

"I wish Mt. SAC was a four-year, but now it's over and I have to move forward."

"Tonight we just fell short."

Also in her final game was sophomore Deja Siaki (2-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt), who finished with six points. 

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For additional information, please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at 909.274.4630.