Riverside, Calif. - The women's basketball team put an end to a two-game skid tonight, as they used a strong second half performance to defeat the Cal Maritime Keelhaulers, 84-75. The Golden Eagles were looking to rebound from a disappointing conference loss to UC Merced last Saturday and a non-conference loss to Cal State San Marcos on Thursday night.
The two teams played to an even 10-10 tie to the first media timeout, but the Keelhaulers came out of the timeout with a 10-3 run over the next three minutes. But the Golden Eagles answered with an 13-4 run of their own over the next five minutes to take a 26-22 lead with 7:36 remaining in the half.
In a game full a runs, the Keelhaulers then rattled off 11 unanswered points to push their lead to seven point, 33-26, with 4:27 remaining. Maritime didn't stop their as they extended their lead to 41-30, their largest lead of the half.
Senior guard Joirdan Jones knocked down one of her seven three pointers on the night to end the first half, and cut the Keelhaulers lead to 41-33 at the halftime break.
The Golden Eagles struck first, on their first possession of the second half, to cut the lead to six points, but the Keelhaulers quickly doubled their lead to 47-35 with 17:14 remaining.
After the Golden Eagles cut the lead to seven points multiple times over the next four minutes, the Keelhaulers answered every run with maintain a lead. With the Keelhaulers leading 55-46, La Sierra scored four points in a matter of 12 seconds, cutting the lead to 55-50 with 11:18 remaining in the game.
The Keelhaulers quickly pushed their lead back to nine points, by connecting on four straight free throws. But over the next four minutes, La Sierra used a 13-2 run to take a 64-61 lead.
Over the next three minutes, the teams would go back-and-forth, with the Keelhaulers fighting their way back to take a 70-69 lead with 4:46 remaining in the game.
With the score tied at 72-72, the Golden Eagles finished the game with a 12-3 run over the final four minutes, on their way to their sixth conference win of the season.
Jones led all players with her career high 33 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 7-of-13 from the 3-point line. She was also a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and pulled down four rebounds and tallied four steals.
This is the second time in Jones career that she has scored more than 30 points in a game. Jones scored 32 points in a win over Arizona Christian, back on February 20, 2011, during her freshmen season.
Shelby Madigan and Victoria Lowe each finished with a double-double. Madigan scored 21 points while collecting 11 rebounds, in addition to four assists and one steal. Lowe contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds. Natalia Hawthorne, who played through foul trouble in the first half, scored 10 points along with five steal, three rebounds, and three assists.
With the win, the women's basketball team improves to 6-3 in Cal Pac play (12-13 overall). With only three regular season games remaining on their schedule, the team will travel north next weekend to face William Jessup University, on Thursday, followed by a match-up with Simpson University, next Saturday.