Pasadena, Calif. - Playing on consecutive days, the Golden Eagles were looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to Occidental yesterday afternoon. It took a dominating performance on the offensive boards, to hold-off the pesky Beavers from Cal Tech, as the Golden Eagles were able to grind out a 63-55 win.
It was another slow start for the Golden Eagles who found themselves trailing 16-5 midway through the first half. La Sierra was successful in getting the shots they were looking for, but were unable to finish at the basket and convert their free throw opportunities.
The Golden Eagles were able to settle down in time to mount a run to end the first half. With just under six minutes remaining in the first half, La Sierra went on a 14-2 run, capped off by a Joirdan Jones 3-pointer that gave the Golden Eagles the lead, 25-24. It was the first lead of the game for La Sierra and it would prove to be a lead they would never relinquish.
La Sierra came out of the locker room and quickly built their lead to 39-29 on a coast-to-coast lay-up from Jones. But the Beavers weren't about to go away as they quickly cut the lead back to four points, in just over a minute span.
After a brief back-and-forth the Golden Eagles used an 11-0 run to push their lead to 54-39, with just over six and a half minutes remaining. But the Beavers weren't done, as they mounted a final run of their own. Over the next five minutes, Cal Tech chipped away at the lead, cutting it to five points with under a minute to play, but the Golden Eagles were able to knock down enough free throws to hang on for the victory.
The story of the night, for La Sierra, were the 23 second chance points they scored on 28 offensive rebounds. The Golden Eagles also outscored the Beavers bench 11-2.
La Sierra needed all of those points after experiencing another below average shooting night, both from the field and from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles shot a lowly 48-percent from the charity stripe (10-of-21).
Natalia Hawthorne led the team with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Joirdan Jones had a solid performance with 19 points, nine rebounds, and two steals with no turnovers on the night. Kristen Brummett finished with a game-high 14 rebounds, nine of which were offensive.
Kate Lewis led the Beavers, and all players with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds.
The women's basketball team improves to 3-7 on the season. Next up for the Golden Eagles will be another non-conference match-up with the University of La Verne, on Tuesday night, at 7:30pm.
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