RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A 17-point first half led to just the second Pacific West Conference loss suffered by Azusa Pacific this year in a 54-46 road loss at California Baptist.
After putting just six points on the board through the first 12 minutes of the game, Azusa Pacific (14-6, 12-2) needed less than three minutes after halftime to put seven points on the board and spark its offense, pulling within four points twice. The second time came with three minutes left in the game. However, a Cassidy Mihalko trey on the ensuing possession pushed the Lancer lead back to seven, putting the game out of reach.
Azusa Pacific’s 17-point first half was its lowest scoring half all season, and the Cougars trailed by as many as 12 in the first frame and went into halftime trailing 27-17.
Junior guard Allison Greene led all scorers with 19 points, and she added five assists. Sophomore Kelly Hardeman, the Cougars’ scoring leader at 16.9 points per game entering the night, was held to just two points on the game, a breakaway lay-up late in the second half.
The Cougars trailed by 11 at the 10-minute mark in the second half. That was when junior forward Sendy Valles hit a jumper in the paint and shot a three-pointer that sat on the rim before falling in to pull the Cougars within six. However, another Cougar run was spoiled by a timely trey from California Baptist.
The Lancers (11-10, 9-6) finished the game six-for-19 from beyond the arc, while Azusa Pacific made just two-of-17. Valles finished the game with 11 rebounds and 11 points. Freshman center Maggie Dumphy also had a double-double for the Cougars with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cougars will return home on Thursday, after spending three weeks on the road, to begin a four-game home stretch, starting with BYU-Hawaii.