Midland University opened the 2010 Biola University Holiday Classic with a hard-fought 84-71 victory over La Sierra University on Tuesday in a game played at Darling Pavilion on the campus of Hope International University. Olivia Miller and Morgan Smeal each recorded 19 points to pace the Warriors (7-8), who led by as many as 25 in the contest. Stephanie Bryant also had 19 points to lead the Golden Eagles (5-13).
The game started off tight until Midland used a 17-7 run to open up a 12-point lead at 30-18 midway through the first half. After La Sierra pulled back to within eight, the Warriors pulled away again and took a 16-point advantage into the half. Midland continued to pull away in the beginning of the second, eventually taking a 25-point lead four minutes in. The Golden Eagles would use a very late run to make the final deficit 13.