Christian Heritage 45
EL CAJON, Calif. – Freshman Lindsey West finished with a game-high 15 points to lead 3 Cougars in double figures as Azusa Pacific coasted to a 55-45 GSAC road win at Christian Heritage.
Christian Heritage opened up an 8-2 lead, but Nicolette Dresback and Jaclyn Rice hit back-to-back jumpers to close the gap to 2. The Hawks held the lead until West hit the second of her back-to-back jumpers at the 6:59 mark to give the Cougars their first lead, 19-18.
Then, when West hit the first of 2 free throws with 1:23 remaining in the first half, the Cougars led 25-24, carried that lead into the locker room and never lost it the rest of the way.
The Cougars, who committed a season-low 11 turnovers, then used an 11-4 run midway through the second half to put the game away. Leading 37-34 with 10:40 to play, freshman Heather Heal hit a pair of free throws, West connected on a pair of free throws and a jumper, and Marie Dyk converted a 3-point play and another jumper. By the time the dust settled, the Cougars held their largest lead, 48-38, with 6:24 to play.
The Hawks climbed within 5 (48-43) with 4:40 to play, but the Cougars answered with 7 straight points over the next 2:21 to grab its largest lead of 12 (55-43) with 1:59 to play.
West grabbed 6 rebounds to go along with her 15 points as the Cougars scored 21 points off 19 Hawk turnovers. Dyk and Kelsey Hudson each contributed with 10 points. Hudson added 7 rebounds. Candis Regan chipped in with a fine all around game, finishing with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists off the bench.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 4-10 overall, 2-1 GSAC. Christian Heritage drops to 7-6, 1-2.