Women’s basketball team splits California road trip
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Women’s basketball team splits California road trip


Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

The women’s basketball team took a road trip on Thanksgiving weekend to Azusa, California. The team played a two-game series in the Azusa Pacific Thanksgiving Classic, where they faced off against Biola University and No. 21 ranked Azusa Pacific.

“We learned that when we play our game and play in control, we do some pretty great things,” said Destiny Strange, senior forward.

The RiverHawks faced Biola on Friday, where they only trailed the game by two points at the end of the first half. The Riverhawks struggled when they came back out of the locker room in the third quarter, going scoreless for around 7 minutes to start the half.

“Things to take away from our loss in California is really just making sure we don’t lose focus and bring energy throughout,” said Bailee Eldred, senior guard. “It’s tough to win when you go seven minutes without scoring right out of half time, especially if you’re not getting defensive stops.”

The RiverHawks ended up scoring 13 points after their third quarter drought but still got outscored by six points. The team finished the game getting beat by the 72-64 while shooting 30 percent from the field. Cenia Hayes, Sophomore guard led the team in scoring with 13 points in 24 minutes and Cailyn Long, senior forward finished with 12 points in 26 minutes on the floor. Joi Bertrand, senior center led the team in rebounds with nine, while playing 26 minutes.

“We didn’t play our game or control the game,” said Strange. “We let them control how we played,” said Strange

The team came back to Felix Event center on Saturday to face nationally ranked Azusa Pacific. The RiverHawks came out determined to beat the cougars, outscoring their opponent 20-16 in the first quarter. The RiverHawks ended up letting the cougars come back in the second quarter, going into halftime tied at 32. Both teams shot the ball well in the first half but the Cougars were a little more accurate from the field, shooting 40 percent to the Riverhawks 38. The RiverHawks did shoot the deep ball better making 6-13 behind the line which keep them in the game in the first half.

“One major thing that we can carry over from the Azusa Pacific game is the energy, focus, and execution we played with for the entirety of the game,” said Eldred. “If we play with those three aspects for an entire game, we will be successful.”

The team outscored the Cougars by seven points in the third quarter and dropped one point in the fourth, leading the RiverHawks to a 63-57 win over Azusa. Long led the team in scoring with 15 points in 25 minutes on the floor, while shooting 3-4 behind the three-point line and grabbing 15 rebound for her team. Hayes came two points short of Long scoring 13 points for the RiverHawks, shooting perfectly from the free throw line and grabbing six rebounds for her team.

“Overall the trip was really good,” said Long. “It was awesome to get to experience California with my teammates, and to also beat a nationally ranked team while we were there. I think that the win just showed us how good we are capable of being and will hopefully get our season back on track.”

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