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Right Where They Left Off
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Release: 01/15/2013
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University renewed its 34 year old rivalry with Azusa Pacific on Tuesday and picked right up where they left off, defeating the Cougars in a thrilling 67-65 overtime game.

The last time these two teams played was back in 2011 when CBU defeated APU in the GSAC tournament final.

"This was a great conference win for us," said CBU Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "We were facing a tough team out there and came away with a really hard fought win. I was extremely proud of the girls and how they responded."

The Lancers smothered APU defensively to open the first half, jumping ahead by as much as 13 early, 15-2.

The Cougars never let the lead grow beyond 14 the rest of the half and started to make a run late in the period, cutting it down to a 30-22 Lancer advantage going into the break.

CBU shot 41.4 percent for the opening half and held the Cougars to just a 26.7 percent shooting clip. APU's 22 point half was just two off the team's season low for an opening period.

Through the first nine minutes of the second half, the Cougars outscored the Lancers 18-10, knotting the score at 40-40. It would be a neck and neck game the rest of the way.

The teams entered the final minute tied, 59-59 and after a steal on the defensive end, CBU had a chance to hit the go-ahead bucket with 39 seconds left. Deep in the shot clock Simone Holmes got the ball coming around a screen, but her jumper from the foul line came up short.

With 13 seconds left the Lancers smothered APU defensively and forced an errant shot that didn't draw iron to send it to overtime.

A similar story would play out in overtime, but with a better outcome in the Lancers favor.

APU held a 65-64 lead late in the period and the Lancers held the ball with 37 seconds to play. Again working into the shot clock, Myriah Hicks came free around a screen and drove straight to the hole for the game winning layup.

"Coach called a high screen for me and I was just able to get to the basket," said Hicks. "I'm at my best going to the hole and he trusted me. As soon as I came around the screen I saw I had an open lane and just went for it."

APU had one last chance with 24 seconds in the game, but CBU used the same smothering defense to shut down any hopes the Cougars had. APU couldn't get a shot off as Amy Browne got the steal and was fouled with three seconds left. Her free throw would be the last score of the game as a desperation heave for APU fell short.

Holmes led the Lancers, matching her season high with 21 points in the contest.

CBU had four players score in double figures in the game and shot 41.9 percent. The Cougars shot 34 percent in the game and just 18 percent from beyond the arc.

The win moves the Lancers to 10-3 overall, 4-1 PacWest and drops APU to 6-7, 3-2.

CBU heads out on the road next, traveling to Dixie State this Saturday. Catch all the action live on cbulancers.com.


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