RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- It was a night of hot and cold for California Baptist University as Notre Dame de Namur came to town. Great defense and rebounding led the Lancers to a 60-42 victory, despite some spotty shooting and foul trouble.
CBU came into play with an 11-5 overall record, sixth place in the PacWest. The Lady Argos came in riding the high of a two-game PacWest winning streak against Chaminade and Dominican. Even with the two wins, they were still only 3-14, 14th in the conference.
The game began slowly, as it was scoreless until 2:11 in, when Jasmine Beverly went through traffic to hit a lay-up. After the Lady Argos scored two, the Lancers went on a run to make it 9-2.
Strong defense and rebounding kept CBU hot as they continued to pull away and made the game 21-5 following an offensive rebound and put back by Lesley Vodicska.
A huge steal and lay-up by Myriah Hicks with six minutes left in the first half capped a nine-minute, 19-0 run that put the Lancers ahead 28-5.
Some missed shots by CBU opened up a window late in the first half and the Lady Argos brought the score to 36-14.
In the final minute, Amy Browne hit a shot from behind the arc to put the Lancers ahead 39-14 at the half. Through the first half, the Lancers outrebounded NDNU 28-18 and were shooting 25.3 percent better from the field.
"I was pleased with our effort in the first half," said Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "Our ball movement and defense really got us going."
It was another slow start in the second half, as 2:30 in only five points were scored, making the game 42-16.
Hicks got into foul trouble 6:54 into the last half, picking up her fourth foul at half court. She was leading the Lancers with 10 points at the time.
Following Hicks' removal, the Lady Argos went on an 8-0 run to bring the score back to 49-30.
A fast break lay-up by Browne got CBU back on the scoreboard and made it 51-30. The slow scoring continued throughout the second half until the Lancers wrapped up the victory.
CBU held NDNU to only 22.8 percent (13-57) shooting from the field. Trish Malaspina led the Lady Argos with 15 points.
The Lancers also outrebounded the Lady Argos 53-43.
"I was also happy with our effort as a team to rebound," said Olson. "We had nine of our 10 players get two or more rebounds. I was especially impressed with Amy Browne's effort to rebound tonight."
Hicks picked up two rebounds, and she also led all scorers with 17 points; she picked up seven points after returning for the final few minutes of the game.
The win moves the Lancers to 12-5 on the year. They take on the Academy of Art next, Feb. 2, at the Van Dyne Gym.