Riverside, CA - Playing in their second game of a three games in six-day stretch, the women's basketball team hosted Northern New Mexico College, in a non-conference game. The Golden Eagles made it two straight wins, for the first time this season, with a 70-67 victory over a pesky Northern New Mexico team.
La Sierra was paced by Natalia Hawthorne who scored 30 points, on 10-of-18 shooting, including 7-of-12 from the 3-point line.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to the early lead, when Kristen Brummett's field goal pushed the team to a 17-8 lead, their largest lead of the night. La Sierra maintained the nine-point lead (23-14) with just over six minutes remaining in the first half, before Northern New Mexico mounted a charge.
A 3-point field goal by Dachell McBride gave Northern New Mexico their first lead of the night, with a minute and a half left. But the Golden Eagles answered with an 8-0 run to finish the half, capped off by a 55-foot heave by Hawthorne that splashed through the net, giving La Sierra 37-31 lead at the half.
Northern New Mexico was unfazed by the first half finish and mounted a 15-5 run, to start the second half, and take their second lead of the night, at 46-44. The Golden Eagles answered back quickly with another 8-0 run to regain the lead midway through the second half, but were caught again at the 3:40 mark, when La Sierra surrendered the lead again, trailing 61-59.
The Golden Eagles would not be denied as they finished the game with a 12-3 run to lead 70-64. Another 3-point field goal by McBride cut the lead to 70-67 and had a shot to tie the game that fell short, after the Golden Eagles were unable to seal the victory at the free-throw line.
In addition to her game-high 30 points, Hawthorne added seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Brittani Walker added 14 points, while Shelby Madigan pitched in with 10 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Senior Victoria Lowe tallied a game high 14 rebounds to go along with seven points.
The women's basketball team pushed their record to 5-9 on the season. The will finish off their busy week with another home game versus Bethesda University, on Thursday evening, at 5:30 pm. The Golden Eagles defeated Bethesda in their first meeting of the season (November 4), 70-67, in overtime.