OAKLAND, Calif. -- All-American Alex Moore-Porter scored 7 of her game-high 18 points in a 9-0 Cougar run early in the second half to lead the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to a season-opening 79-50 victory over Holy Names University Friday evening.
Moore’s individual outburst, which included a conventional 3-point play, put Azusa Pacific up by 19 at 48-29 less than 5 minutes into the second half, and from there the Cougars cruised to their fourth straight win over the Hawks.
Junior Briana Hall added 17 points and a game-high 5 assists, and her backcourt mate C.J. Hill tossed in 11 to help lead Azusa Pacific to its fourth consecutive season-opening victory.
Midway through the first half, the Cougars took advantage of some ice-cold Hawks who missed 13 straights shots and 2 free throws over a 5-minute stretch of play. Azusa Pacific parlayed the brick-laying into an 11-0 run in which the Cougars assumed a comfortable 29-17 lead on an Amber Williams’ lay-up with 6:42 left in the half.
And while it would have appeared that a Lesley Vodcska ended Holy Names’ skid, it was, in truth, just a blip in a pattern in which Holy Names closed the first half by missing 18-of-21 shots, allowing Azusa Pacific to hold a 37-25 lead at halftime.
In the second half, a Hall jumper gave Azusa Pacific its first 20-point advantage at 52-31. The Cougars led by as much as 31 on a couple of occasions before settling for the 29-point verdict, their largest margin of victory in 7 meetings with Holy Names.
Williams registered the fifth double-double of her career with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in 18 minutes of play off the bench.
Azusa Pacific held Holy Names to a paltry .260 (19-for-73) shooting clip from the floor and forced the Hawks into 20 turnovers. Hall collected 3 of the Cougars’ 11 steals.
Now 1-0 on the season, Azusa Pacific concludes the Holy Names Tip-Off Classic with a 1 p.m. game vs. William Jessup University Saturday afternoon.