HONOLULU, Hawai’i-- With Azusa Pacific trailing by two points late in the second half Katie Powell scored on a layup with eight seconds to play to push Saturday night’s game with Hawai’i Pacific into overtime before the Cougars were outscored 17-7 in the extra period to have their six-game winning streak snapped in a 74-64 defeat.
The loss drops the Cougars (12-9, 9-4 PWC) to a half-game behind HPU in fourth place in the PacWest standings, and puts them two games back of first-place Grand Canyon (Ariz.) (in the loss column) with just five conference games left on the docket. Azusa Pacific out-shot the Sea Warriors 36 percent to 33, but saw the home team take 12 more shots thanks to 22 Cougar turnovers and a 17-7 offensive rebounding edge for HPU.
Hannah Kenny recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out, while Powell and Kelly Hardeman chipped in with 10 and 11 points respectively. The Sea Warriors went to the line 34 times, nailing 24 free throws, 12 of which came on HPU’s 14 free throw attempts in the five-minute overtime period. The final 12 points for the Sea Warriors came at the line after HPU opened the frame with two straight makes.
Azusa Pacific went 2-for-9 from the floor in overtime, and went 2-for-4 from the line. The Sea Warriors’ (14-6, 10-4 PWC) size led to a 32-14 scoring disparity in the paint, and helped HPU out-board one of the conference’s top-rebounding teams 52-41. Hawai’i Pacific scored 16 points off of the Cougars’ 22 turnovers, and recorded 11 second chance points.
Maddy Barrett scored eight points and pulled in three rebounds, while Amanda Sims added six rebounds, a steal, assist, and block. HPU’s Heidi Anton led all players in scoring and rebounding, tabbing a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
In the overtime period Barrett gave the Cougars a quick 59-57 lead before the Sea Warriors went on a 16-2 run on a trey, layup, and 11 free throws to run away with the win in the first-ever meeting between the new conference foes.
Azusa Pacific led by as many as seven points in the second half, going up 41-34 on a triple from Hardeman with over 16 minutes to play, and again taking a seven-point lead on a Kenny jumper to make it a 43-36 contest. The Cougars led for the first 14 minutes of the half before HPU tied it at 49-49 on a free throw with 6:08 to play.
Hawai’i Pacific’s lead grew to as many as four points before Azusa Pacific fought back with a free throw from Calli Jackson and a 3-pointer from Powell. An HPU layup made it 57-55 prior to Powell’s game-tying lay-in.
Azusa Pacific will get back to action on Monday night when the Cougars travel to the North Shore for a 5 O’clock showdown at BYU-Hawaii on Laie.