Playing in their third game in five day, the Golden Eagles women's basketball team travelled to Claremont to go up against Claremont Mudd-Scripps College. They were looking to turn the momentum after three consecutive losses since winning their lone game of the season. But a rough shooting night and the inability to stop the Athenas dribble penetration led to a 60-66 defeat, and their fourth consecutive loss.
For Claremont, it was their season opening game. The Golden Eagles were looking to take advantage of their early season game experience in order to get back in the win column. Instead, the Athenas were able to turn the tables on La Sierra by capitalizing on their aggressive play on the offensive end, aided by a poor shooting night for the Golden Eagles.
The Athenas finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field, compared to only 30 percent for the Golden Eagles. La Sierra took 10 more shot attempts, but made eight less field goals.
The Golden Eagles won the battle on the boards quite handily, 53-29, including 30 offensive rebounds, but were unable to capitalize on numerous put-backs right under the basket.
La Sierra also shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 15 of their 19 attempts. But it would be their inability to find the target from the perimeter that they were unable to overcome, hitting only five of 26 attempts from beyond the arc.
Brittani Walker led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 14 points, shooting 6-of-7 from the field, to go along with seven rebounds. Joirdan Jones and Natalia Hawthorne each added 12 points of their own. Jones also pitched in with eight rebounds on the night.
With the loss, La Sierra falls to 1-5 on the season. They will have a quick turnaround as they host Menlo College tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. They will have two days off before hitting the court again, for their fifth game in nine days, in an exhibition game at California State University of San Bernardino