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Conquering The Mountaineers
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 11/17/2012
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PUEBLO, Colo. --- California Baptist University avenged its first loss of the season by posting a 27 point win over Western State less than 24 hours later on Saturday.

The Lancers fell to tournament host Colorado State-Pueblo last night, but rebounded with their most convincing performance of the season, beating the Mountaineers 71-44.

"It was great to bounce back after the loss and get back on the winning side," said CBU Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "The girls did a great job of putting the last game behind us, making some adjustments and coming out focused."

The Lancers never trailed in the game, taking a 15 point lead into the half behind nine points from Lesley Vodicska.

The lead would only grow from there.

Mekiala Qualls gave the Lancers a 20 point, 48-28, advantage with a jumper five minutes into the second half as CBU would spend the last 10 minutes of the game up by at least 20.

The Lancers had four players in double figures, including 12 points and nine rebounds from Qualls.

Vodicska led CBU with 14 points, and Jasmine Sauser and Myriah Hicks each added 12.

"Lesley had a great game pushing the ball and attacking the basket for us," said Olson. "She and Myriah also did a great job defending in the back court and harassing them while they were bringing the ball up. Mekiala had an excellent game as well; she gave us some really good minutes off the bench."

The Lancers were actually outshot in the game (31.9-31.5 percent), but hit 85 percent of their free throws, going 18 for 21 at the line. CBU also dominated the boards, 51-36, and held a 13-6 second chance points advantage.

The Lancers move to 3-1 on the season, while Western State falls to 0-4.

CBU heads back to California for a road matchup with Concordia next Saturday.


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