La Sierra NEWS
Melissa Bustamante leads the Golden Eagles
Melissa Bustamante leads the Golden Eagles
Sat, Nov. 5, 2011 - [Women's Basketball]

Coming off of two road losses versus GSAC teams, the Golden Eagles Women's basketball team were determined to break that streak versus GSAC member San Diego Christian College. La Sierra did just that, winning a thrilling double overtime game 91-88 at the Ryan Athletic Center on the campus of San Diego Christian College. The game was a see-saw battle from the start that saw the visiting Golden Eagles trail by as much as 10 points in the first half before going on a 10-0 run to even the score at 21 each. The Hawks built a half-time lead of 34-27 behind 13 first half points by JC transfer Brittany Daniel. 

Coming out of the half-time break, the Hawks again built a double-digit lead only to see the Golden Eagles fight back to go ahead 52-51 with 7:27 left in the second half. The lead changed hands 6 times in the last 7 minutes with La Sierra clinging to a 64-57 lead with 1:34 left in regulation. The Hawks refused to quit and battled the Golden Eagles down the stretch to get to within 2 points at 64-62 with 17 seconds left.  San Diego Senior guard Jasmine Thomas then went length of the court and found a cutting Brittany Daniel for a spinning layup that tied the game at 64-64 with one second on the clock.

In the first overtime, La Sierra immediately fell behind as SDCC scored the first four points to take a 68-64 lead. The Golden Eagles again fought back and behind the clutch 3-point shooting of Sophomore guard Joirdan Jones and Victoria Lowe, as well as Audrey Bukala. La Sierra clung to a 4 point lead with :54 second left. San Diego again had an answer and tied the game with a buzzer beating layup as the horn sounded, 79-79!.

The second overtime belonged to La Sierra and Joirdan Jones. Joirdan scored all 12 points for the Golden Eagles, including 2 deep three pointers and converting all 6 of her free-throws. Jones finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. La Sierra shot an impressive 8-10 from the free throw line in the extra periods and out-rebounded the Hawks 60-51. La Sierra had 4 players in double figures including Sophomore guard Natalia Hawthorne with 22 points and Victoria Lowe with 11. Junior Teanna Williams was a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line in the last 5 minutes as well. "one of the most intense and emotionally draining, regular season games in my coaching career" said Coach Thorson. "It's nice to come out on the winning side. You have to give both teams credit, it was a well played game and both teams left it all on the court tonight," said Coach Thorson. 

The La Sierra Women's basketball team continues the "tour of the GSAC" conference on Saturday night as they travel to Santa Clarita to play The Masters College at 7 pm. The Golden Eagles return home on Tuesday night, Nov. 8 to take on the Toro's of California State University, Dominguez Hills. That game will start at 7 pm and can be seen live on the athletic web site.