The women's basketball team won their fourth straight game, by defeating Pacific Union College 65-61. The Golden Eagles were playing in their second Cal Pac game of their season.
The game was a tightly played contest throughout most of the game. But the Golden Eagles made enough plays down the stretch to overcome a poor shooting performance, grinding out their first ever Cal Pac win over their sister-school.
In the first half, the two teams played to two ties and each team owned their share of the lead on two separate occasions. The Pioneers jumped out to an early 12-8 lead, their largest of the half, until the Golden Eagles quickly answered back with a 7-1 run, for a 15-13 lead, a lead they would hold for the remainder of the half. They would eventually push the lead to 34-27, until Lidia Rivas knocked down a 3-point shot to end the half and cutting the lead to 34-30.
The Golden Eagles held the lead until they were caught at 39-39 at the 16:09 mark of the second half. The Pioneers continued their run to take the lead. Over the final 14 minutes, the two teams played to seven tie scores and four separate lead changes.
With 7:16 remaining, Rivas knocked down another 3-pointer to give the Pioneers a 57-55 lead. The lead was pushed to four points, when London Robinson connected on two of her game-high 21 points.
But La Sierra would answer right back with two made free throws by Leilani Tuani-Fifita and a lay-up by Natalia Hawthorne, tying the score at 59-59, with 4:16 remaining.
Over the next 3:42, the Golden Eagles were able to hold Pacific Union to just two points, as they finished the game on a 6-2 run, to grind out the victory. In that span, the Golden Eagles came up with some big plays to end the game. La Sierra used three steal and three timely offensive rebounds to propel themselves to victory, on a day where they struggled to shoot the ball.
Natalia Hawthorne came off the bench to lead the Golden Eagles in scoring with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior guard Joirdan Jones added 11 points, on 4-of-8 shooting.
Kristin Brummett, Shelby Madigan, and Leilani Tuani-Fifita each scored nine points, pulling down six, eight, and seven rebounds, respectively.
Victoria Lowe tied a game-high by collecting 11 total rebounds to go along with her eight points.
With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 1-1 in Cal Pac play (7-9 overall). The Pioneers fall to 0-1 in the Cal Pac (3-11 overall).
The women's basketball team will be out of action next week, while they prepare for their first of two northern California trips. The Golden Eagles will face Menlo College next Friday afternoon, before playing a rematch of today's match-up with the Pioneers next Saturday night. They will close the trip out on Sunday afternoon when they face Cal State Maritime for the first time this season.
All three contests are Cal Pac conference games and will be played as the first game of doubleheaders, prior to the men's contest. Please stay tuned to our social media sites for any streaming information.