Riverside, CA - The women's basketball team played host to William Jessup University tonight at the Alumni Pavilion. La Sierra was looking to rebound from a flat performance against Hope International on Wednesday night. And as with a handful of games thus far this season, the Golden Eagles allowed an opportunity to slip away, losing to the Warriors, 60-64.
The two teams played an even first half, but La Sierra jumped out to a 10-point lead in the second half. They held the Warriors scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half. But that's when the Warriors began forcing the Golden Eagles into turnovers. La Sierra was unable to take care of the ball and finished with 32 turnovers in the game.
The Golden Eagles were also cold from beyond the arc, as they only hit 3-of-17 3-point attempts. In addition to their frigid shooting night from beyond the arc, La Sierra also missed nine free throws, including a handful of front-ends. The Golden Eagles shot 23-of-59 (39%) from the field, for the game.
Each team enjoyed the a slim lead during the course of the game, which also included 15 lead changes and 11 ties.
La Sierra had four players who scored in double figures led by junior guard Natalia Hawthorn who scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the double-double. Jiordan Jones scored 13 points, followed by Victoria Lowe who had 12 points. Shelby Madigan finished with 10 points on the evening.
The Warriors also had three players in double-figures in scoring led by Taylor Borba who scored 17 points, including the game winner. Sarah Peterson and Ashley Rose each scored 16 points. Peterson also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to complete the double-double.
The Golden Eagles will now turn their attention to their final exams, prior to hosting the La Sierra University Basketball Tournament next weekend. They will start things off on Saturday night against Oakwood College (Alabama), followed by Sunday afternoon match-up with Pacific Union College (Angwin, CA), before closing things out with a Monday afternoon game against Andrews University (Mich.). Saturday night's game will be played at 6pm, at La Sierra Academy.