Hope International 64
Azusa Pacific 53
FULLERTON, Calif. –It took 3 possessions to get going, but Hope International eventually broke the ice, scored first then never trailed, and for all of 19 seconds the Royals led, eventually getting a 64-53 win over Azusa Pacific, and in the process establishing a plethora of school milestones.
The win is the Royals’ first-ever against Azusa Pacific in 10 previous attempts. It is also the Royals’ first-ever win in their newly-constructed Darling Pavillion, and it is the first time since Hope International joined the GSAC in 2000 that it has won 2 GSAC games (the Royals defeated Concordia earlier this season).
Rebecca Moreno hit a jumper on the Royals’ third possession for the game’s first score just 1:05 into the contest. After the Cougars tied the game at 7 on a Lindsey West jumper at the 13:19 mark, the Royals responded with 10 straight points to take a 17-7 lead halfway through the first half. The lead ballooned to 12 (21-9) at one point and was at 9 (28-19) at the intermission.
The Cougars missed 16 of their first 20 shots, finishing the first half with just 7 made field goals and 13 turnovers.
However, as poorly as the Cougars were shooting, they did whittle the deficit down to 1 (33-32) with 14:02 to play, using a 10-2 run over a 2:57 span early in the second half. Yet, they were never able to get over the hump.
Lindsey West and Marie Dyke hit back-to-back buckets to make it a 2-point game (55-53) with 2:57 to play, but Moreno hit a jumper to push the lead back up to 4, and the Royals outscored the Cougars 9-0 to end the game, hitting 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.
The Cougars shot just 35% from the floor and committed 19 turnovers. They were also out-rebounded 51-38.
West finished with a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. Dyke added 12 points off the bench. Moreno led Hope with 16 points.
With the loss, Azusa Pacific drops to 6-17, 4-8, and its losing streak now reaches 5 straight games. Hope International improves to 7-15, 2-10.