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Eagles Swarm Cougars

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Published
February 22, 2003
By
Micah McDaniel
Concordia 61
Azusa Pacific 55

IRVINE, Calif. – Concordia’s Carrie Twaddell recorded her second consecutive triple-double against Azusa Pacific to lead the Eagles to a 61-55 victory over the Cougars in Irvine.

Twaddell finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 blocks as the Eagles jumped out to a 15-2 lead to start the game, then held off a late and furious Cougar rally.

The Eagles opened a 14-point (21-7) cushion at one point in the first half, limiting the Cougars to just 6 first half field goals. Led by Twaddell’s 11 first half points, Concordia’s lead was 10 (32-22) at the intermission.

Concordia held a 11-point (41-30) advantage just 5 minutes into the second half and appeared to be ready to cruise to an easy win as the Cougars were unable to get closer than 7 points for the first 25 minutes. Heather Heal then scored 2 of her career-high 10 points with a jumper to begin a 14-0 Cougar spurt that turned a 41-30 deficit into the Cougars’ first lead 44-41 with 10:21 to play. Nicolette Dresback and Lindsey West each had 6 points apiece during the spurt.

The teams then traded leads 5 times, and there were another 5 ties in the final 10 minutes with no lead bigger than 2 points. The final exchange came on a Jessica Miller putback to give Concordia the lead for good, 57-55, with 1:42 to play. The Eagles then hit 4 free throws down the stretch to ice the game, holding the Cougars scoreless for the final 2:56.

West led the Cougars once again with a game-high 23 points. She also grabbed 8 rebounds. Dresback finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in the waning seconds.

With the loss, Azusa Pacific falls to 9-19 overall, 7-10 GSAC.