Houston Baptist 84
Azusa Pacific 71
The NAIA’s No. 6-ranked Houston Baptist (Texas) used a 14-1 run in the final minutes of the second half to blow open a 60-60 tie and surge to a 84-71 win over Azusa Pacific in the Cougars’ 2003 opener in Azusa.
The Cougars committed 34 turnovers, including 4 during the crucial Husky run that began with 7 minutes left in the game.
After playing the first 27 minutes of the contest even, the Huskies began to assert themselves with their pressure defense and inside advantage. The Cougars’ Kelsey Hudson scored 2 of her 14 points to knot the game 60-60 when the Huskies answered with the next 8 points to take its largest lead of the game (68-60) with 3:43 to play. Candis Regan hit the first of 2 free throws to briefly stem the tide, but the Huskies scored 6 straight to take full control with just 2:35 to play.
The Cougars did a good job of shutting down the Huskies’ All-American Tiffany Andrews. She finished with just 3 points and 6 rebounds as she was hampered with foul trouble for most of the night. However, Jere’ Adams was a thorn in the Cougars’ side, scoring a game-high 23 points.
Marcene Guerrero led the Cougars with 18 points, including 10-for-10 at the free throw line, all in the first half. Hudson finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds, and Nicolette Dresback added 13 points and 5 assists.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 0-1 on the season. They will host No. 3-ranked Union (Tenn.) next Friday (Nov. 15) at 5:30 p.m. Houston Baptist, which defeated Hope International last night, improves to 2-0.