El Cajon, CA - A day after giving up their most points of the season while scoring their most points in a game, the Golden Eagles tipped off against San Diego Christian the host of the weekend's invitational tournament. Ironically, La Sierra was able to hold their opponent to 49 points, the fewest allowed in a game this season. The team defensive effort resulted in a 55-49 victory over the Hawks.
The game resembled the first meeting between the two teams, back on October 29 to open the season, a game the Hawks won 70-55. The Golden Eagles held a slim lead for much of the first half, but settled for a 27-27 tie score at the half. The second half proved different than the first game this time around. In their first meeting it was the first 10 minutes of the second half that the Hawks were able to pull away for the victory.
Tonight, it was the Golden Eagles who pulled away to a lead in the second half. They jumped out and held a 10 point lead midway through the half, before the Hawks clawed their way back to tie and eventually take a one point lead with just over four minutes to play. But a 3-point shot followed up by a driving lay-up by Joirdan Jones, with under a minute to play sealed the victory for the Golden Eagles.
Neither team had a stellar night from the field. The Hawks were held to a shooting percentage of 31-percent on 20-of-64. The Golden Eagles finished with a slightly better percentage, hitting 21-of-57, just under 37-percent for the game.
The Golden Eagles connected on 5-of-16 shots (31 percent) from beyond the arc. Comparatively, San Diego Christian was held to 3-of-17 (18 percent) from the 3-point line, including 1-of-9 in the second half.
The Golden Eagles also won the battle on the boards 47-43, despite the Hawks grabbing 18 offensive rebounds to La Sierra's 14.
Junior guard Natalia Hawthorne led the team with 17 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Hawthorne shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Joirdan Jones came off the bench tonight to score 14 points and grab six rebounds. Freshmen guard Jasmine Ruidera scored 10 points and added six rebound and three assists. Junior Victoria Lowe led the team with 11 rebounds, followed by Brittani Walker with eight rebounds of her own. In only her second game of the season, Lina Semaia pulled down six rebounds in 12 minutes of play.The Golden Eagles improve to 2-8 this season. Their next contest will be on the road this coming Wednesday evening when they travel to Fullerton, CA, to face Hope International University. The Royals defeated the Golden Eagles, 69-64, in the first meeting between the two teams on November 12. Hope International is currently 4-4 on the season.