Riverside, Calif. - After taking a week and a half off from Cal Pac Conference play, the Golden Eagles women's basketball team jumped back into conference play by hosting Simpson University tonight. The Golden Eagles were also looking to rebound from a tough blowout loss at No. 9 The Master's College (NAIA DI) last Thursday. Fortunately, for La Sierra they were able to put together a dominating performance together, resulting in a 65-46 win over the Red Hawks.
The Golden Eagles set the tone early on the defensive end, jumping out to an early 10-2 lead. The Red Hawks answered back with five straight points to cut the lead to 10-7 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the half.
La Sierra then put together a 19-4 run, pushing their lead to 29-13 at the 4:25 mark of the first half. They went on to extend that lead to 37-16 by the halftime break.
There was no let-down by the Golden Eagles who extended their lead to 49-21, on a Natalia Hawthorne 3-point field goal, in the first four minutes of the first half. By the 6:53 mark of the second half, La Sierra extended their lead further on two made free throws by Hawthorne, to lead 65-30, their biggest lead of the night.
Those two points were the final points the Golden Eagles would score on the evening, electing to slow the game down, and going 0-8 in the final seven minutes of the game.
Despite the finish, the Golden Eagles were able to pick up their fourth conference victory of the season, against two losses (both to Menlo). They push their overall record to 10-11 with the win.
Brittani Walker led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds on the night. Shelby Madigan finished with 11 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field. Hawthorne added 10 points and three rebounds, while guard Joirdan Jones pitched in with nine points, five rebounds and five assists.
Victoria Lowe led all players with 10 rebounds to go along with seven points, with Kristen Brummett joining Lowe with seven points of her own. Leilani Tuani-Fifita rounded out the scoring with six points in addition to five rebounds.
Next up for the Golden Eagles will be another Cal Pac match-up. La Sierra will host William Jessup University on Saturday night at 6pm. The two teams split their two games last season, with each team winning on their opponent's home court. The Warriors are currently 2-1 in Cal Pac play (7-11 overall).