Regan scored 8 points in a 4-minute span, converting a pair of conventional 3-point plays, to turn a 48-47 Cougar lead into a 60-52 cushion with 8:54 left in the game. A technical foul on CBU’s Leslie Newkirk seemingly halted a Lancer run in which California Baptist was looking to retake the lead. Cougar Marie Dyk converted the 2 free throws and then Regan tallied back-to-back 3-point plays to give Azusa Pacific some breathing room.
The Lancers rallied to within 1 at 68-67 following a Kristen Thomas jumper with 3:17 remaining. However, back-to-back Regan lay-ups down the stretch kept CBU at bay as Azusa Pacific recorded its 12th straight victory over the Lancers in Azusa.
Freshman Lindsey West aided Regan’s effort with 20 points on 10-for-12 shooting. Dyk added 14 points off the bench.
California Baptist was paced by Miranda Emde’s game-high 33 points. Angela Romagnoli recorded her 22nd double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
California Baptist led 37-35 at the half, relaying on the inside-out game of Emde and Romagnoli, who combined for 30 of the Lancers’ first 37 points. Emde poured in a hefty 20. Her third 3-pointer of the half gave the Lancers a 33-31 lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the half.
Azusa Pacific used a 14-3 run midway through the first half to assume a 25-21 cushion at the 8-minute mark with Lindsey West leading the way with 6 of her 14 first-half points. The Cougar handcuffed themselves with 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of play.
With the victory, Azusa Pacific improves to 10-19 overall, 8-10 in the GSAC and coupled with Concordia's loss at Point Loma clinches a playoff berth. California Baptist falls to 16-14 overall, 9-10 in the GSAC.