Riverside, CA - Tonight marked the start of the 2012-13 season for the Golden Eagles women's basketball team. La Sierra hosted San Diego Christian in their season opener. It was also the season opening game for San Diego Christian who is coming off of a record-setting 2011-12 season, for the program. But despite the two teams playing an even first half (32-32), the Hawks got the better of the Golden Eagles in the second half, on their way to a 70-55 win.
La Sierra jumped out to the early lead, before San Diego Christian battled back in the early going. For the majority of the first half the two teams traded the lead. The Golden Eagles benefitted from an sixty-two percent shooting percentage in the first half, compared to thirty percent for the Hawks. But the Hawks were aided by 17 first half turnovers by the Golden Eagles.
The Hawks came out of the half, setting the tone with their full-court defense that forced the Golden Eagles into turnovers and easy baskets for San Diego Christian. La Sierra would not back down, attempting to fight their way back and chip into the double-digit lead by the Hawks, who began hitting from the perimeter to secure their lead and the victory.
Junior Natalia Hawthorne led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Victoria Lowe finished with 11 points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block. Junior guard Joirdan Jones and freshmen Kristen Brummett each pitched in with 10 points. Jones led the team in rebounds with seven along with three assists. Brummett tallied four rebounds on the night.
Heather Serven led the Hawks with 24 points, leading all players in scoring. Chardonnay Shula added 13 points and Hannah Miller finished with 12 points. Post player Irene Lopez had a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles will be back at home on Thursday evening when they host University of California - Merced. UC Merced is a first-year program playing out of the California Pacific Conference. Thursday's game is set to tip-off at 5:00pm