Playing in their final game before taking a break for final exams, the Golden Eagles women's basketball team lost to No. 1 Vanguard University, 94-51. The women's basketball team ran into some bad luck on tonight as they not only were matched up against No. 1 (NAIA DI) Vanguard University, but if that wasn't enough of a challenge, the Lions had an extraordinary shooting night as well.
For the first seven minutes the Golden Eagles stayed close as they two teams exchanged 3-point shots, with Vanguard holding a modest 21-16 lead with just under 13 minutes to play in the first half. But in the remaining minutes of the first half, the Lions connected on six of their nine 3-point makes in the first half, to finish the half on a 30-8 run and enjoy a 51-29 lead at the half.
La Sierra came out determined in the second half, by scoring the first five points and cutting the lead to 17-points (51-32), but the Lions quickly answered back with another run to push the lead to 75-41 by the midway point of the second half. Vanguard would go on to cruise to their sixth win of the season and remain undefeated, dropping the Golden Eagles to 3-9 on the year.
Vanguard finished the game, shooting 51-percent from the field, which included 14-of-31 from the 3-point line (45%). The Lions also finished with a 26-4 advantage on second chance points, due in large part to 14 offensive rebounds in the second half.
Point guard Nicole Ballestero led Vanguard with 35 points and six assists. Samantha Doucette added 28 points and six rebounds, while Taylor Belmont finished with a double-double of 11 assists to go along with 10 points.
Natalia Hawthorne led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 12 points, followed by Shelby Madigan who finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
The team will take the week off for final exams before returning to the court next Saturday night, against Pomona Pitzer, the start of a four game home stand for the Golden Eagles.