Fullerton, CA- Neither Hope International or La Sierra exactly impressed in the first half on Wednesday evening but the Royals turned it on in the second half as they beat the Golden Eagles 70-42. Sophomore Rina Towne scored a game high 18 points. Junior Andrina Rendon finished with a double-double of 11 points and 18 rebounds. Sophomore Krystal Canning doubled up with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Senior Kasey Philyaw opened the scoring following an offensive rebound and layup in the paint.
Rendon gave the Royals (6-4) a 4-0 lead their next trip down the floor.
The Golden Eagles (2-9) tied the score at 4-4 and then would tie it also at 9-9.
Hope International took the lead back on a Rendon layup before La Sierra tied the score again and then moved ahead 14-13 with a three pointer. The Golden Eagles would build as large as a four point lead.
But a layup from Canning and Rendon tied the score at 21-21. Then with 89 seconds left in the half, Freshman Briana Stewart connected on a three pointer to hand the Royals back the lead for good.
The teams headed to the locker room with a score of just 24-22. Rendon was a point away from a double-double in the first half as she ended the half with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Free throw shooting was the main part of the first half that was anything but impressive. The two teams combined for a 1-10 shooting performance from the charity stripe in the first 20 minutes.
The second half was the Towne, Canning, and Sophomore Brittany Bauman show. That trio all scored just two points apiece in the first half. But they all combined to score 42 of the 46 Hope International points in the second half.
Canning scored back-to-back baskets before Bauman scored two consecutive baskets to begin the Hope International scoring in the second half. Midway through the second half Towne scored seven straight points for Hope International.
Towne finished with 16 second half points to reach her 18 point total. Bauman ended the half with 14 points for a total 16 points in the game. Not to be out done, Canning added 12 second half points.
When Sophomore Destiny Chavez scored on a fast break layup on an assist from Bauman in the closing minutes, all eight players suited for the Royals scored in the game.
To go along with her double-double, Rendon finished the game with a team high 7 assists.
Head Coach Bill Crammer stated, "I thought the girls showed good composure after struggling offensively in the first half. They stopped relying on the three point shots and started taking the ball to the basket the second half. We also did a much better job rebounding in the second half. This is a good group of girls to coach. They take instruction well and make the changes we ask them to make as the game progresses. La Sierra has played some other GSAC schools tough recently so we expected a good game."
The Royals will wait just two days before they lace up their game shoes again as they will host William Jessup on Friday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm.