After a very tedious start to the season the tide is finally changing for Biola, as the Eagles won their second consecutive game by defeating Vancouver Island University, 78-45.
Biola made a statement coming out of their Christmas break, a statement that they put their 0-10 start far, far behind them.
"The girls worked really hard over the break," said Head Coach Dr. Bethany Miller. "They now realize they need to work hard every game to execute and play their role."
Tonight everyone on the Eagles' roster was playing their role to perfection as they ran away with the 30-plus point win. Adijat Adams led the way for Biola, putting up 22 points, her fourth 20-plus point performance in the last five games. She was not the only one the Eagles looked to execute on offense though.
"Both Kiara (Clark) and Khadidja (Diakite) combined to ignite a lot for us tonight," said Miller.
Clark and Diakite combined for 24 of Biola's points over their combined 49 minutes on the court. Miller went on to mention that she was satisfied at how each of the five starters seemingly found a way to fit into their role on the squad.
Biola dominated from start to finish on Tuesday evening, allowing VIU to take the lead just once, by one point just under four minutes into the game. Once the Eagles regained their lead they just continued to push and push until they eventually had a 34-point advantage.
"Tonight they worked hard to execute the gameplan, I was very happy with the effort I saw," said Miller. "They are each becoming students of the game and understanding what we need to do in order to win."
Although Biola executed their gameplan to the tee, Vancouver Island did not quite play up to par throughout the game, shooting just 26 percent from the floor, including a dreadful 17 percent in the first half.
The Eagles took advantage of all of the Mariners' missed shots to grab 30 defensive rebounds. They led the overall battle of the boards 45-31.
Chelsea Hill had one of her best games of the season, coming down with nine rebounds and dropping 15 points, the second most on the floor. Biola's defense was solid throughout the 40 minutes, grabbing 17 steals and forcing a total of 23. Desiree Robinson led the charge with four steals, she also had five rebounds.
The Eagles have just two days off before they return to the court on Friday night. They host a two-day tournament with Vanguard, Viterbo and Bethesda.