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Back On Track
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 01/12/2013
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- California Baptist University got right back on track after suffering its first conference loss of the season, defeating Point Loma 69-43 on the road Saturday afternoon.

The win moves CBU to 9-3 overall, 3-1 PacWest and helps the team keep pace near the top of the crowded conference standings.

"We've been talking about having more of a consistent effort from start to finish and I thought we did that today," said CBU Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "It was good to get back out there and see an effort like this after an up and down week."

A 10-0 run late in the opening half helped the Lancers take a 31-17 lead. A pair of steals leading to fast break layups sparked the run for CBU, one of which being a beautiful three point play from Jasmine Beverly on a feed from Simone Holmes.

CBU took a 33-21 lead into the break. Beverly poured in 15 points in the opening period on 6 of 8 shooting from the floor.

Five straight baskets, including a 3-point play, to open the second half put the Lancers up 42-21 and comfortably in control.

PLNU would not get closer than 21 the rest of the way as the CBU defense continued to clamp down. The Lancers forced 23 turnovers in the game.

"Pressuring their guards was one of our keys to the game and I thought we did a great job in that area, especially in the second half," said Olson. "Offensive rebounding and moving the ball were two other keys and we did a great job there as well. 21 offensive boards is a great number and 14 assists is one of the better totals we've put up this season."

The Lancers had only eclipsed 14 assists one other time this year and their 21 offensive rebounds was above the 15.7 per game they had been averaging coming into Saturday.

Beverly's 15 points ended up being a game high for CBU, while Lesley Vodicska and Myriah Hicks each scored 12. Hicks put up 10 of her 12 in the second half to help CBU maintain its double-digit advantage. Beverly narrowly missed a double-double grabbing nine boards and Vodicska had eight. Holmes led all players with seven steals.

CBU shot 37.1 percent from the field, but held the Sea Lions to just 36 percent shooting overall and 13.3 percent from beyond the arc. PLNU was 0 for 7 from three and 8 for 25 from the floor in the second half.

The Lancers scored 18 second chance points and had 22 off of turnovers.

"Now it's time for us to build on today's win," said Olson. "We've got Azusa Pacific coming in on Tuesday and that's a great chance for us to keep this momentum going."

CBU hosts APU Tuesday at 5 p.m., renewing the rivalry with the Cougars after a year hiatus.

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