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Published
January 7, 2003
By
Gary Pine
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FRESNO, Calif. –- And poof the carriage became a pumpkin.

Azusa Pacific, which had won 5 of its past 8 games in Cinderella-like fashion including an impressive 4-point victory over the NAIA’s No. 10-ranked The Master’s in its last outing, had all the charm wiped off its recent play with a disappointing and convincing 94-69 thumping at GSAC rival Fresno Pacific.

After a sloppy 8 minutes to open the game, Azusa Pacific managed to own an 8-6 lead, but that was the end of the up side of this game for the Cougars. Jennifer Anderson hit a pair of treys to spark an 8-0 Sunbird run that gave Fresno Pacific the lead for good at 14-8 at 12:48 left in the first half. From there on, the Sunbirds burned the Cougars to post their most lop-sided victory over Azusa Pacific since a 42-point drubbing in 1993.

Any hope Azusa Pacific had of getting back into the game ended with a 26-8 Sunbird run that was only slowed by intermission. Fresno Pacific led 37-20 at the half and then pushed the cushion to 51-24 less than 5 minutes into the second half.

The Cougars didn’t help themselves anywhere on the floor, committing a hefty 25 turnovers (15 in the first half) while shooting just 41% (26-for-64) from the floor, including a 0-for-11 clip from the 3-point arc. Additionally, they were out-rebounded by Fresno Pacific, 38-34.

Lindsey West led the Cougars with a career-high 25 points, making her first 11 shots of the game. Through the first 30 minutes, she had 23 of the Cougars 41 points, tallying 11 of their 17 field goals made. Nicolette Drebeck added 15 points.

Fresno Pacific had 6 different players score in double figures, paced by Jane Gillespie’s 19 points.

With the loss, Azusa Pacific falls to 5-11 overall, 3-2 in the GSAC. Fresno Pacific improves to 5-11 overall, 3-3 in the GSAC.