After 15 straight wins, the women’s basketball team has finally lost.
In the final game of its regular season, Chapman faced off against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) – the reigning conference champion that defeated Chapman in all three matchups last year, including the conference championship.
Heading into the game, head coach Carol Jue said she was eager to beat CMS and to have a shot at the conference title.
“I’ve been mad since last year,” Jue said. “I’m still upset because I want to win (the conference championship) because I know we have the players to do it, even more so this year.”
The 67-58 loss not only halted the 10th-longest current winning streak in Division III women’s basketball, but it moved Chapman to second place in the conference.
While Chapman and CMS finished tied atop the standings, they were equal in head-to-head matchups, an identical 15-1 conference record. Because the conference does not use any statistical category as a tiebreaker, the top seed was decided by a coin flip, which Chapman lost.
Chapman trailed the entire game, falling behind by as much as 28 points late in the third quarter.
Despite being outplayed for the majority of the game, Chapman cut a 28-point gap to as little as 7 points by the end of the game.
“I think we played too conservative and then in the last quarter, we had like 14 stops in a row,” Jue said. “Had we played like that in the first three quarters, the game would have absolutely been different.”
Chapman will host the University of La Verne at home Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the first round of the conference playoffs.