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Release: 01/28/2013
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Coming off a pair of frustrating losses, California Baptist University took out whatever angst it may have had on the Visiting Holy Names Hawks Monday night with an 80-45 win.

The 35 point win matches the Lancers' largest margin of victory this season.

"We had a couple of tough games leading up to this so we just wanted to get back on track," said CBU Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "We hadn't been rebounding very well as of late so improving that was one of our goals, especially on the offensive end. It was also good to get Brittney Lewis going."

The Lancers held a 56-44 advantage in the rebounding column and Lewis posted 15 points in 14 minutes off the bench.

CBU owned the first half, forcing 12 Hawk turnovers and converting them into 14 points. The Lancers also scorched the nets from beyond the arc, hitting 7 of 14 3-pointers to take a 46-20 lead into the break.

Three Lancers were in double figures by the half, including 13 points from Lewis.

HNU would go scoreless for the first 7:34 of the second half as CBU increased its lead to 63-20 with a 17-0 run. CBU would cruise to the victory.

Simone Holmes led CBU with 16 points in the game. She and Lewis were two of four Lancers in double figures. Mekiala Qualls also added a game high five blocks, setting a season high for CBU.

"Mekiala can be an x-factor for us," said Olson. "If she plays the way she did tonight, that can be a huge plus going forward."

Qualls also had six points and seven rebounds in the game. Megan Workman led all players with 10 boards.

Britney Potestio scored a game high 20 points for HNU to lead all players.

The Lancers held the Hawks to just 26.6 percent shooting from the floor and forced 27 turnovers in the game. The HNU shooting clip was the second lowest of any opponent on the season for CBU.

The Lancers improve to 11-5 overall, 5-3 in the PacWest, while the Hawks fall to 9-10, 3-7. CBU hosts Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday at 5 p.m. next time out.

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