Fullerton, CA - On Thursday, Hope International forced Cal State San Marcos into 28 turnovers, a defensive season high, as the Royals held off the Cougars 68-59. Senior Andrina Rendon secured her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Cougars (7-11) scored on their first possession before the Royals (10-3) answered with six straight points with two each from Juniors Krystyn Jacobs,Brittany Bauman, and Krystal Canning. That transition of the lead on the scoreboard was the only tie and lead change of the half (and game).
HIU built their lead all the way up to 17 points thanks in large part to a three point barrage from Rendon who buried four in the first seven and a half minutes of the game.
With about eight and a half minutes left in the half, Hope International held a 30-13 edge.
However, San Marcos started knocking shots and climbed all the way back within five points. They actually closed out the half outscoring the Royals 17-8.
At the break, Rendon led all players with 14 points. Canning found herself with 11 points first half points.
The second half was a seesaw affair of runs that saw the lead for Hope International pushed to double digits before CSU San Marcos would it pull back within single digits. However, ultimately HIU never surrender the lead.
Both teams struggled with shooting after the break as the Cougars hit 32% of their shots but the Royals made just 19.4% of their attempts.
But HIU forced 15 of the 28 San Marcos turnovers and nailed 16 of 21 shots from the free throw line in the second 20 minutes to hold on for the win. Bauman was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line to account for half of her 16 points. JuniorDestiny Chavez was 5-6 from the charity stripe on the evening.
Canning concluded her evening with 14 points.
Head Coach Bill Crammer commented, "We played a good defensive game tonight causing 28 turnovers and keeping us ahead throughout the game as we struggled with our shooting tonight. We shot well at the start of the game- but struggled thereafter. Canning had a solid performance with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Rendon was her usual reliable self at 17 points and 12 rebounds. Thanks to all who came to the game tonight- it was a good crowd for an in-between semester game."
The Royals return to their home floor of the Darling Pavilion on Tuesday when they host Bethesda on the front end of a double header with the men. The women will tip-off at 5:30 pm.