Riverside, Calif. - A night after their comeback fell just short, the Golden Eagles played host to Concordia University (Irvine). In what proved to be a tight back-and-forth affair, Concordia edged out the Golden Eagles for the 77-71 victory.
The first half resembled a seesaw with both teams holding their share of the lead and a total of eight tie scores. The half ended in a 33-33 tie.
Concordia jumped out to an early five-point lead on a Katie Ogdon three pointer and a Jade Reed lay-up. The Golden Eagles answered back quickly to erase the lead with the help of a 7-2 run. The score remained tight until Concordia was able to create a little space between them and the Golden Eagles by virtue of a 13-3 run midway through the second half.
Concordia increased their lead to as many as 13 points, before the Golden Eagles made a final push in the remaining minutes to cut the lead to six points on four different occasions, but that was as close as the Golden Eagles would get, with Concordia holding on for 77-71 win.
Natalia Hawthorne scored 25 points, on 8-for 17 shooting, to go along with four assists and three steals and three rebounds. Joirdan Jones pitched in 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Brittani Walker scored eight of her 10 points from the charity stripe while pulling down eight rebounds, including five offensive rebounds.
Victoria Lowe led the team with 12 rebounds, in addition to her six points. Leilani Tuani-Fifita also pulled down eight rebounds and scored six points.
La Sierra, now 1-4 on the season, will now look ahead to Saturday night when they play host to San Diego Christian College. Saturday night's game will be their third straight game against a Golden State Athletic Conference opponent, and the fourth GSAC opponent of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00pm.