NAMPA, Ida. – For the first time this season, four California Baptist University Lancers scored in double figures in a game.
Unfortunately for the Lancers, however, it did not translate into a victory against Central Washington in Friday evening’s opener of the Northwest Nazarene Tournament as CBU fell 92-66.
With the loss, the Lancers drop to 2-3 on the year, while Central Washington improves to 3-1 with the win.
Chanel Cambronero scored a team-high 17 points (6-for-19) for CBU and added five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Three other Lancers were not far behind, as Megan Brown and Ciara Guerrero each scored 11 points, followed by Elise Shelton's 10-point effort.
Brown nearly recorded her first double-double of the year, finishing the game with a team-high nine rebounds. Shelton and Jasmine Sauser (seven points, five assists, two steals and a block) also had five rebounds for CBU.
CBU cut into an early 11-point deficit with a 9-3 run. Brown inititated the run with a three-pointer with 15:50 to play in the first half, and teammates Sauser, Shelton and Cambronero each contributed to the charge.
Within five of the Wildcats at 16-11, it would be the closes the Lancers would get as CBU went into halftime down 45-31. Central Washington shot 47.1 percent from the field (16-34) in the first half--going on to finish 49.3 percent in the game (33-67).
CBU’s finest run of the second half came in the final seven minutes of the contest. The Lancers embarked on a 7-0 sprint that pulled them within 10 at 68-58 with 6:05 remaining.
Guerrero scored all seven CBU points in a one-minute span, opening with a three-pointer at the 7:05 mark. She added a free throw 31 seconds later and capped the run with another shot from beyond the arc with 6:05 to play. The 10-point margin would be the closest the Lancers would get, however, as the Wildcats pulled ahead to win 92-66.
The Lancers look to rebound as they take on tournament host Northwest Nazarene Saturday in their last game before conference action begins, with a 1:00 p.m. tip off. CBU opens PacWest play, aiming to defend its conference title, with two road games against Academy of Art and Holy Names on December 5 and 7, respectively.