Longtime Southern California coach T.J. Hardeman, who was named the 2005 GSAC Coach of the Year after a masterful job of turning round the program at Hope International University, has been named the women's basketball head coach at Azusa Pacific.
Women’s basketball head coach Danelle Bishop has resigned after 4 years at Azusa Pacific, accepting the head coaching position at fellow Golden State Athletic Conference member California Baptist University.
A year after Lindsey West became the first Azusa Pacific women’s basketball NAIA All-American first team selection, Monica Somers became the second after leaving a significant impact on the Cougar record books in her 4-year career.
With the season on the line, Langston took advantage of 17 offensive rebounds to post a 25-3 advantage in second-chance points, and fourth-seeded Azusa Pacific dropped a narrow 77-74 decision in the first round of NAIA Tournament play. Monica Somers scored 20 points to break the Cougar single-season scoring record.
In just over a week, Azusa Pacific will begin play in Jackson, Tenn., for the 27th Annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball championship, the Cougars' fourth consecutive national tournament appearance. The Cougars will take on Langston (Okla.), the regular-season champion of the Red River Athletic Conference.
The NAIA’s No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific bowed out of the GSAC Postseason Tournament with a 75-62 semifinal loss to No. 7-ranked Point Loma Nazarene Friday night, but the Cougars are headed to Jackson, Tenn., as an at-large selection to the NAIA Tournament March 14-20.
Monica Somers and Abby Johnson led an 18-5 run that snapped a halftime tie with Fresno Pacific, affirming their selection to the 2007 All-GSAC Team in a 71-59 victory over the Sunbirds in a GSAC Postseason Tournament first round game Wednesday night at the Felix Event Center. Up next for the NAIA’s No. 13-ranked Cougars is a Friday night visit to No. 7-ranked Point Loma Nazarene, which split the season series with Azusa Pacific.
Senior Monica Somers and junior Abby Johnson earned 2007 All-Golden State Athletic Conference team recognition after leading Azusa Pacific to a 23-6 regular-season record and a 15-5 mark in GSAC play, the Cougars' best conference record since 2002.
Azusa Pacific used a 13-2 run in the first half to take control of the game and evantually led by 36 points before settling for an 88-76 victory over arch-rival Biola.
After a brilliant 22-game stretch that included victories over every opponent but the NAIA’s top-ranked Vanguard, the NAIA’s No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific lost for just the third time since November, dropping a 91-79 GSAC contest to California Baptist Friday night in Riverside.
On a rare off night for GSAC Player of the Year candidate Monica Somers, the NAIA’s No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific had 5 others step up to join Somers in double-figure scoring to lead the Cougars to an 88-70 victory over No. 24-ranked The Master’s Tuesday evening at the Felix Event Center.
The NAIA’s No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific gave up 21 second-chance points to a Vanguard squad that grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, and the Cougars’ program-record 16-game home win streak came to an end in a 90-74 defeat in the rematch with the NAIA’s top-ranked Lions.
It only took Sarah Leathers 16 seconds into Azusa Pacific's GSAC contest with Fresno Pacific to set the Cougar career 3-point record, canning her 173rd career trey on the game's first play. Later in the first half, Alyssa Ferdaszewski became the 15th 1,000-point scorer in Azusa Pacific women's basketball history during the Cougars' 73-62 road win at Fresno Pacific.
The storyline for Azusa Pacific’s visit to San Diego Christian was supposed to include a career shooting record and the passing of the career 1,000-point milestone. Instead, the NAIA’s No. 13-ranked Cougars should consider themselves fortunate to have kept the Hawks winless in conference play after escaping with a 78-65 win Thursday evening.
Azusa Pacific used its speed and quickness to build a double-digt lead in the blink of an eye and then run away from Hope International for an 89-71 Golden State Athletic Conference victory.
Senior guard Monica Somers poured in 25 points, her 12th 20-point game of the season, to lead the NAIA's No. 15-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 65-57 victory over a resilient Concordia team Saturday evening in Irvine. With the win, the Cougars have now won 16 of their last 17 games.
Monica Somers scored 11 points in a 74-second span and collected 30 of her game-high 32 points in the second half to lead the NAIA's No. 16-ranked Azusa Pacific to an 88-66 victory over No. 24-ranked Westmont Tuesday evening at the Felix Event Center. The Cougars, held scoreless for the game's first 6 and a half minutes and without a field goal through 7 and a half minutes, scored all 88 points in just over 33 minutes to finish the game.
Senior guard Monica Somers scored a career-high 42 points, the best individual scoring performance in a GSAC game in the last 5 years, to lead the NAIA's No. 16-ranked Azusa Pacific to its 14th win in the past 15 games, a 78-69 win over No. 11-ranked Point Loma Nazarene Friday evening at the Felix Event Center.
For close to 2 months, the NAIA’s No. 16-ranked Azusa Pacific has looked nearly unbeatable, winning 13 of its past 14 games. After a listless opening half in which it turned the ball over 14 times and did not shoot a single free throw, the Cougars made up for those lost 20 minutes with a high-flying second half to post a 74-59 road victory over Biola Tuesday evening at Chase Gymnasium.
Despite trailing by 11 points with less than 10 minutes to play and by 8 points in the last 6 minutes, the NAIA's No. 16-ranked Azusa Pacific stuck to its strength in the post, taking advantage of a double-doubles from Meliame Hala'ufia and Abby Johnson and a 60-38 rebounding edge to pull out an 83-78 win over the Lancers Saturday night at the Felix Event Center.
Despite missing 5 first-half field goal attempts, junior guard Sarah Leathers was not to be denied, scoring all 8 of her points in the second half, the last on a crucial 3-pointer that stemmed a comeback by the NAIA's No. 15-ranked The Master's, as the No. 19-ranked Cougars held on for a momentous 70-59 road win over the Mustangs Tuesday night in Santa Clarita.
The NAIA’s No. 19-ranked Azusa Pacific provided a stiff challenge to top-ranked Vanguard, leading by as many as 10 points in the first half, but the Cougars went cold shooting and dropped an 80-72 decision at The Pit in Costa Mesa as the Lions extended their GSAC-record conference winning streak to 33 games with the win.
With this weekend's clash with the NAIA's top-ranked Vanguard looming, it might have been easy for the NAIA's No. 24-ranked Azusa Pacific to look past a Fresno Pacific squad that had lost 3 straight Golden State Athletic Conference contests. However, 7 different Cougars scored 8 or more points, including 5 who registered double figures, leading Azusa Pacific to an 89-67 win over the Sunbirds Tuesday evening at the Felix Event Center.
The NAIA's No. 24-ranked Azusa Pacific jumped out to an early 18-0 lead, but junior guard Kate Shipp led a spirited second-half effort by the Cougar reserves to put the game out of reach and extend the Cougars' winning streak to 9 games with an 86-48 GSAC victory over San Diego Christian Thursday evening at the Felix Event Center.
Senior guard Monica Somers put the NAIA's No. 24-ranked Azusa Pacific on her back and carried the Cougars from a 28-28 halftime deadlock with 22 of her game-high 32 points in the second half, leading the Cougars to a 75-59 road victory over Hope International while setting the Azusa Pacific career record for free throws.
In a contest that looked more like a conditioning drill, the NAIA's No. 24-ranked Azusa Pacific broke Olivet Nazarene's full-court press with ease to post a convincing 115-89 victory over the visiting Tigers in the final game of the 7th Annual GSAC Challenge Friday evening at the Felix Event Center. Azusa Pacific's point total was the third-highest in program history and the most for a Cougar squad since a 120-30 victory over Chapman during the 1976-77 season.
McKendree (Ill.) pulled off the 77-71 upset of the NAIA's No. 7-ranked The Master's, and the other 2 games of the day featured GSAC Challenge single-game record-setting 3-point shooting displays as the second and final day of the 7th Annual GSAC Challenge wrapped up action at the Felix Event Center. California Baptist's Nicole Davis was named the Challenge MVP.
Although the NAIA’s No. 24-ranked Azusa Pacific had 4 individual double-digit scoring performances, it was a stiff Cougar defense that came up with 6 blocks, 18 steals and forced McKendree (Ill.) into 28 turnovers in an 84-72 victory to wrap up a record-setting opening day of action at the 7th Annual GSAC Challenge Thursday evening at the Felix Event Center.
Senior guard Monica Somers scored 23 of her career-high 36 points in the second half to lead Azusa Pacifific to a 73-61 come-from-behind victory over William Jewell.
Junior point guard Sarah Leathers scored a conventional dozen points, all in the final 13 minutes, to lead the NAIA's No. 24-ranked Azusa Pacific to a come-from-behind 84-74 win over Baker (Kan.) in the opening day of action Saturday evening at the 7th Annual Cruzin Classic in Miami Shores, Fla.
It wasn’t much for the highlight tape, but Azusa Pacific got the only result that mattered, emerging victorious in a nonconference battle that featured 53 total fouls, 71 free throw attempts and 52 turnovers, scoring an 81-69 win over visiting Cal Poly Pomona Saturday night at the Felix Event Center.
Senior Alyssa Ferdaszewski dished out a career-high 13 assists, and junior forward Abby Johnson was the primary beneficiary, scoring a season-high 28 points to lead Azusa Pacific to a 77-52 victory over visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills Wednesday night at the Felix Event Center.
The NAIA's No. 14-ranked Azusa Pacific used a pair of half-opening runs in each period to secure its first Golden State Athletic Conference win of the season, a 76-56 victory over Concordia Saturday evening at the Felix Event Center.
Azusa Pacific worked its way back into the game only to go ice cold down the stretch, and Westmont took advantage, using a 13-2 run to come away with a 65-57 GSAC victory in Santa Barbara.
Cougar guards Monica Somers and Sarah Leathers were relentless in their defensive pursuit, collecting 14 steals together and forcing 29 turnovers in all to lead the NAIA's No. 14-Azusa Pacific to a 79-63 victory over Mt. Vernon Nazarene.