Azusa Pacific 46
AZUSA, Calif. –It was a beautiful sunny spring-like day outside the Felix Event Center, but it was like a cold and foggy Santa Barbara winter’s day inside as Westmont defeated Azusa Pacific, 62-46, in GSAC women’s basketball action.
The loss is the Cougars’ third straight, which is their longest streak since opening the season 0-7.
Azusa Pacific led 7-4 after a Nicolette Dresback trey less than 4 minutes into the contest when the Warriors went on a 16-3 run over a 6:23 span to take a 10-point (20-10) lead with 9:53 to play. The Cougars got no closer than 6 points the rest of the way.
With the Cougars trailing 43-35 with 12:55 to play in the contest, Heather Heal hit a pair of free throws to bring them within 6 (43-37). Katie Hardeman and Katie Hughes then hit back-to-back threes to spurn a 17-5 Warrior run over an 8:43 span to give Westmont an 18-point advantage (60-42), its largest lead of night with 4 minutes to play. Hardeman had 10 of her game-high 16 points in the run, including a pair of treys.
Again, the Cougars were their own worst enemy, coughing the ball up 26 times as opposed to Westmont’s 11. The Warriors collected 17 steals and scored 22 points off the Cougar turnovers. The Cougars did win the war on the boards, 35-28.
Freshman Lindsey West led the Cougars with 15 points, hitting 7-of-12 shots from the floor, and 6 rebounds. Dresback added 10 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. She also had 4 assists.
With the loss, Azusa Pacific falls to 6-15 overall, 4-6 GSAC. Westmont improves to 11-10, 6-4.