AZUSA, Calif.-- In its first exhibition of the season the Azusa Pacific women’s basketball team fell to the NAIA’s No. 7 ranked Westmont, 66-52. The Cougars, who will open the regular season on Tuesday Nov. 13 at Cal State Los Angeles, shot just 35.9 percent from the field, while the Warriors went 25-43 (58.1 percent) from the floor to record their second win of the year.
Westmont opened the game on a 17-3 run and never relinquished its lead as the Cougars lineup broke in four new starters. Metro State (Colo.) transfer Sullivan Ziegler had 12 points, four assists, and three rebounds in her debut, while freshman Kelly Hardeman had seven points and nine rebounds in her first collegiate contest.
Amanda Sims scored a game-high 16 points and pulled down six rebounds, and Hannah Kenny scored 10 points, while adding two steals and four rebounds. The Cougars trailed by as many as 22, but cut the deficit to two points at 43-41 before Westmont went on its biggest run of the day with 18 straight points to seal the win.
Azusa Pacific will compete in one more exhibition on Saturday against the Australian Junior National Team at 1 p.m. before playing Cal State L.A. on Tuesday.