Warriors can’t keep up with Cougars

Westmont women’s basketball suffered a 24-point loss to the eighth-ranked Cougars of Azusa Pacific on Saturday night in Azusa in a Golden State Athletic Conference match-up.

Westmont, ranked twenty-first in the NAIA, lost 83-59 and fell to 10-4 overall and 2-4 in the GSAC standings. Azusa Pacific improved to 12-4 and 4-2.

The game was tied at 34-all with 2:41 to play in the first half before the Cougars closed out the opening frame with a 7-0 run to take a 41-34 lead into intermission. Azusa Pacific then produced a 12-2 run to start the second half, going up 53-36. The Cougars led by double digits the rest of the way.

“We were disappointed in the way we played, particularly on the defensive end and on the boards,” said Westmont head coach Kristen Moore. “We gave them too many second chance opportunities.”

Senior Elizabeth Evancoe led the Warriors in scoring with 16 points, making four of nine from three-point distance. Angel Blanco tallied 12 points and eight rebounds while Lisa Peterson added another 12 points and five rebounds.

Azusa Pacific was led by Eboni Sadler (27 points, 7 rebounds), Michelle Byrd (19 points, 5 rebounds) and Amber Williams (16 points, 14 rebounds).

On Tuesday, the warriors will travel to Santa Clarita to take on The Master’s (12-3, 5-1 GSAC). The Mustangs are tied with #17 California Baptist for the top spot in the GSAC standings after defeating Point Loma Nazarene by a score of 72-71.