AZUSA, Calif-- In the second exhibition of the week the Azusa Pacific women’s basketball team fell to the Australia Institute of Sport 74-44, after 6-2 center Alanna Smith scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the Felix Event Center on Saturday afternoon.
Australia, which featured six players that stood over six-feet tall, outrebounded the Cougars 26-18 to take a commanding 36-28 lead at the break. Alex Wilson recorded more than a third of the team’s scoring in the first half with 13 points.
Australia’s defense kept the Azusa Pacific quiet in the first five minutes of the second half extending its lead to 48-28 after a 12-0 run, which included three layups from Smith. Australia held its 20-point margin for the remainder of the contest to clinch its third consecutive win over Southern California opponents. AIS previously beat California Baptist, and defeated Biola 57-69.
Senior guard Amanda Sims led the Cougar offense with 12 points, to go with six rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Freshman Kelly Hardeman led the Cougars defensively with five steals, seven rebounds, and a block, while chipping in offensively with six points and an assist.
The Cougars open the regular season on the road against Cal State Los Angeles on Nov. 13 and then travel to Bellingham, Wash. for the West Region Crossover at Western Washington University. The Cougars return for their first home contests at the Azusa Invitational on December 18-19, where they’ll face George Fox (Ore.) and Cal Poly Pomona.