The La Sierra Women's basketball team traveled to Costa Mesa on Tuesday
night to face the #10 ranked Vanguard Lions and gave the host team all
they could handle before falling 56-46 at "The Pit" on the campus of the
South Orange County University.
La Sierra jumped out to a 2-0 lead 12 seconds into the game with a
layup by Ashley Baumgaertel and the Golden Eagles would maintain a
narrow lead until the Lions moved ahead 7-6 on a jumper by Maree Drennan
with 13:38 showing on the clock. The Lions went on an 11-3 run to take a
23-13 edge with 7:08 to play in the first half, but the Golden Eagles
would not go away easily and responded with a 7-0 run to close within a
point with less than three minutes remaining in the opening half.
Vanguard senior team captain Paige Halberg completed a six-point spree
to end the first half and lead the Lions into the halftime break with a
The Golden Eagles out rebounded the Lions 20-17 in the first 20
minutes of play and shot 30% from the field. Sophomore guard Natalia
Hawthorne led the Golden Eagles with 8 points and 3 rebounds at the
The second half was an offensive struggle for both teams.
Vanguard scored 13 of the first 17 points of the second half to run out
to an 18 point lead six minutes into the second half. La Sierra called a
timeout and came out firing to go on a 16-4 run of there own to narrow
the lead to 46-40 with 6:29 left in the game. The lead remained six as
the teams traded baskets and until the two minute mark. Vanguard made 4
straight free throws to again push the gap to 10 points and La Sierra
could not overcome that deficit.
The Golden Eagles were led by Natalia Hawthorne's 16 points and six
rebounds. Ashley Baumgaertal added 8 points and 6 rebounds and Joirdan
Jones pitched in with 9 points and 4 boards. The Lions were led by
Esther Timmermans 17 points and 8 rebounds.
"We played hard all night" said second year coach Eric Thorson. "We
came here looking to compete and play 40 minutes of hard-nose
basketball, I believe we did that" said Thorson. " We are improving not
only as a team, but as a program, and we are getting better each and
every day". Said coach Thorson.
Next up for the Golden Eagles is a home game on Wednesday night the
23rd vs. the Cal Baptist Lancers. That game will prove to another stern
test for the young Golden Eagles. "to be the best, you must play the
best" says a confident coach Thorson. That game will tip off at 7 pm.
and can be seen live on www.lsugoldeneagle.com beginning at 6:55 pm.