AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific won its second game in three nights, defeating San Diego Christian, 86-50, Thursday night at the Felix Event Center in Azusa, Calif. for its fourth straight Golden State Athletic Conference victory. The NAIA’s No. 11-ranked Cougars are now tied for the conference lead with No. 2-ranked Point Loma Nazarene.
Azusa Pacific snapped a 6-6 tie 4 minutes into the game following with 10 unanswered points that sparked a 19-4 run after head coach T.J. Hardeman called a timeout. At the end of the first half, the Cougars had a 20-point lead at 43-23, and late in the second half they were a basket away from a 40-point margin.
“We shared the ball and were looking for each other,” Hardeman said. “We’ve been working on transition game, trying to get the ball down to the other end, and I thought we did some good things there tonight.”
Junior forward Alex-Moore Porter scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the first half, dropping 9-of-15 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line with 5 rebounds and a steal in just 20 minutes of work. It is the sixth time this season that Moore-Porter has contributed over twenty points in a game. Junior guard Kristie Hala’ufia had a solid game as well, tallying 10 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
In Tuesday night’s win at Hope International, the Azusa Pacific bench contributed 28 points, and the reserves came through again with 38 points of offense off the bench, including 29 after halftime. Junior guard Jessica Raber led the way, hitting a trio of 3-pointers for a season-high 11 points, and junior guard Teri Higgenbottom added 9 points highlighted by a 2-of-3 effort from 3-point range.
The victory improves Azusa Pacific to 15-4 overall, and for the second time this week the Cougars share the GSAC lead with Point Loma Nazarene, moving to 8-1 in conference play. San Diego Christian falls to 3-14 overall, 0-8 GSAC.
Azusa Pacific is off for the weekend, resuming action on Tuesday, January 26, when it hosts Westmont College in a 5:30 p.m. matchup at the Felix Event Center.