SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- If the NAIA’s No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific isn’t careful this could turn into a real habit. Led by 32 points from Lindsey West the Cougars routed the University of Great Falls, 100-66, to run their record to 2-0.
West was 1 of 4 Cougars in double figures as Azusa Pacific rolled up over 100 points for the second consecutive night.
Azusa Pacific shot 51 percent from the field (40-for-78) and did a solid job defensively limiting the Lady Argos to 26 percent. “We played well again and got a solid game from everyone,” said head coach Danelle Liles. “We have already developed a good chemistry. A lot of teams don’t get that this early in the year.”
The offense may have been clicking but the defense might have been better. The Cougars harassed the Lady Argos into 21 turnovers. Point guard Sarah Leathers had 4 of Azusa Pacific’s 17 steals.
Crystal Jeanpierre had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in her second game as a Cougar. “She showed her true athleticism tonight. She grabbed rebounds and was handing out assists left and right. She was seeing the floor extremely well,” Liles said.
Ashley Oakes added 13 points and Monica Somers had 12 but it was the West that led the way. “She is good. She’s got some sweet moves around the basket and she did a good job running the floor, filling the lanes and getting lay-ups,” said Liles.
Dana Ball led the Lady Argos with 18 points in a losing effort while Laura Keaster had 17.
“One of the good things that we’ve done is limit our number of 3-point shots. I would like to see a shot chart of the last 2 games because I bet almost all of our field goals have been in the paint,” added Liles.
The win marks the third consecutive season that the Cougars have won their first 2 games under Liles. They will look to sweep their 3 games at the Holiday Inn Downtown SLC Invitational when they take on Montana-Western in a game slated to begin Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. (MST).