That answer came in the form of Simone Holmes off the bench and a heavy dose of defense.
Playing for the first time in the last three contests, Holmes dropped a season-high 21 points and the Lancers forced 27 turnovers to move to 2-0 in PacWest play. CBU is now 8-2 overall as the team gets the win after a more than two week break.
"I thought we played with a ton of energy and responded very well down the stretch in this game tonight," said CBU Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "I know the girls had been looking forward to this game for a while and were excited coming into it."
CBU led by as much as 11 early in the second half, but the Lopes stormed back and took a 49-48 lead with just over six minutes to play.
After trading baskets and the lead, Judy Jones put the visitors up three with a layup in traffic. Myriah Hicks hit one of two free throws on the subsequent possession and then helped force Jasmine Cannon into a turnover on the defensive end.
It would be Hicks again offensively, slicing down the left side of the lane to even the game at 53-53 with 2:36 to play.
The turnovers continued to mount down the stretch for GCU as Jones gave the ball away twice in the next two possessions, the second of which being the most costly as it was snatched up by Holmes and taken the length of the court for what would be the game-winning basket.
The Lopes missed two jumpers and turned the ball over once in the final minute to fall 55-53. Jones shot as time expired fell woefully short to end the game.
"We have been wanting to get them back since the first time they beat us at home last season," said Holmes, who also had five steals in the contest. "I just wanted to get out there tonight and show my teammates I was ready to come back. It felt great. This is a big win and a confidence booster for us."
CBU led by nine going into the half behind 13 points from Holmes on 4 of 7 shooting. A 10-4 run early in the second half helped get the Lopes back in it.
"Simone's defense was terrific as well tonight," said Olson. "She got quite a few steals and scored some points in transition. She's such a talented player and I was just really happy to see her come back the way she did."
Both teams grabbed 16 steals in the game. GCU owned the points in the paint advantage, outscoring the Lancers 40-24 down low, while CBU owned a decisive 36-9 bench scoring edge.
Jones scored 21 to lead the Lopes and also snatched 19 rebounds.
GCU falls to 11-4, 3-1 on the season.
The Lancers are back in action Saturday as they host Dixie State.