Woodbridge defense, 3-pointers too much for University
IRVINE – Woodbridge's Sarah Lipton has shown all season that she can knock down the 3-point shot with consistency.
Friday night, the Warriors' Kelli Robinson showed she could shoot from long range, too.
Behind a stifling defensive effort and the strong play of Lipton and Robinson, No. 6 Woodbridge (16-2, 2-0) earned its second Pacific Coast League victory by defeating University, 56-41, at University High.
Robinson, who finished with 16 points, drained a corner 3-pointer near the 4-minute mark in the fourth quarter to halt a 10-1 University run, which was fueled by Melodie Yu, who had a game-high 20 points for the Trojans (10-8, 0-2). Robinson's basket pushed Woodbridge's lead to 47-33 and University never recovered.
"She's (Robinson) been shooting the ball well all year, and they left her open a couple of times and she hit them," Woodbridge coach Pete Belanto said. "The last couple of games she's struggled a little bit, but this game she really shot the ball well."
Robinson made three 3-pointers and was 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Lipton, the No. 3 scorer in the county, added 16 points and seven rebounds. Lipton scored 13 of her points in the first half, including 10 in the second quarter after catching fire from behind the arc to help Woodbridge take a 36-20 halftime lead.
Woodbridge's half-court man-to-man defense was stellar throughout, making it tough for University to get good looks on offense. "Our goal (defensively) is always to hold people under 40 points if we can," Belanto said.