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In Control
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Release: 03/05/2013
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University was in complete control Tuesday night as the Lancers opened up the NCCAA West Regional Playoffs with a dominating win over Hope International.

The top-seeded Lancers downed the fourth-seeded Royals, 95-45. The win is the 12th straight for the Lancers who closed the season with 11-straight wins and a conference championship this past Saturday. The 12-straight victories matches the fifth longest such streak in program history.

"I don't know that we're any more confident than we were seven or eight games ago, but the girls are just playing really hard and trusting each other every game," said CBU Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "That's what's helped us extend this streak and continue to play well."

CBU had six players score double digits in the game and dished out 26 assists on the team's 41 field goals.

The Lancers' hot streak showed no signs of letting up on Tuesday as CBU jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes of play.

CBU held the Royals to just two more points over the next 8:56 of play, taking a commanding 33-4 lead that they would never relinquish.

The Lancers led 42-15 at the half behind 10 points from Jasmine Beverly.

CBU shot 54.3 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from long range in the first half. HIU shot just 15.2 and 6.3 percent from those respective depths, hitting only five first half field goals on 33 attempts.

The Lancers grabbed a staggering 30 rebounds in the first half.

The lead would only increase in the second half as CBU shot 61.1 percent from the floor in the second period. The Lancers were up by as much as 54 points in the second half on their way to a 50-point victory.

The 95 points, 57.7 percent shooting and 41 field goals put up by CBU were all the second highest offensive outputs of the season for the Lancers.

Megan Workman led CBU on the night with 17 points and Mekiala Qualls posted 14 points and 14 rebounds. CBU had three double-doubles in the game, getting 12 points and 10 rebounds from Amy Browne, and 11 points and 11 boards from D.D. Gipson to go along with Qualls.

The win moves the Lancers to 22-5 on the season and drops HIU to 12-19. CBU takes on Azusa Pacific at home on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the West Region Final just a week after beating the Cougars 76-51 on their home floor.

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