LA MIRADA, Calif. --- Biola showed its resilience and maturity on Saturday evening as the team turned an abysmal first half into a solid outing with a great second frame, grabbing their fourth straight victory.
The Eagles faced Viterbo in the finale of the 2014 Holiday Classic and took down their Wisconsin-based foe 56-45.
"Tonight our girls played with determination," said Head Coach Dr. Bethany Miller. "They shot 17 percent in the first half and then came back and shot 65 percent in the second half. It showed that even when things are not going our girls' way and they are having a poor shooting night, they are able to battle through it."
Shooting 17 percent from the floor was a very bad start to the game for Biola, but they were matched in the first half as the V-Hawks shot just 23 percent as well.
Adijat Adams made a huge difference in the first frame, collecting 10 rebounds, seven of them offensive, to keep Biola above water. Despite the shooting woes the Eagles still went to the locker room with a six-point lead. In part this was due to Viterbo's 1-11 performance beyond the arc.
"We definitely had players stand out at different positions tonight. It was a very good team effort," said Miller.
Both teams gave improved efforts in the second half, so it was much about Biola doing everything they could to maintain their lead throughout the tough final minutes.
The V-Hawks pushed, making a late 11-2 run to put them on top with seven minutes left in regulation, but some nice steals by Biola and some bad fould by Viterbo helped the Eagles eventually claim their 11-point win.
Adams brought in 12 rebounds and 12 points when all was said and done, leading the team in both categories. Some sharpshooting by Elizabeth Munger, when no one else on the floor was doing it, helped her to eight points and a 75 percent clip from the floor.
Lauren Busse of Viterbo led all players with 14 points.
The now 4-10 Eagles have two games left in their preseason schedule before beginning conference play with a home game against Westmont Jan. 14.
"We are excited to get back to work, we have two games left to prepare for a very tough conference schedule," said Miller. "We look forward to a great year where we will continue to learn and grow every game."