La Mirada, CA- On the heals of a see-saw first half, Hope International used an 11-0 run to bridge the half and move ahead of Biola for good on their way to an 82-70 win on Tuesday. Senior Andrina Rendon topped all scorers with 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double. Junior Brittany Bauman was not far off the scoring lead as she delivered 21 points.
One would be hard pressed to find more a competitive half as the teams produced 15 lead changes and seven ties in the first twenty minutes. Neither team ever led by more than four points in the first half.
Bauman needed just nine seconds to open the scoring in the contest.
The Eagles (6-15, 1-4 GSAC) scored the next three points to create the first tie and then lead change.
Junior Krystyn Jacobs answered for the Royals (15-4, 4-1 GSAC) with a jumper to move HIU back in front. Those two shots started a chain reaction of seven straight lead change shots between the teams.
A total of four ties and several lead changes later with HIU trailing 19-17 Rendon nailed back-to-back three pointers to give Hope International a four point edge of 23-19.
Following a 29-29 tie with 2:23 to go in the half, Biola scored the next four points over the course of 1:24 coming off the clock. Appearing like they would be down at the break, Hope International used a jumper from Jacobs, two BU turnovers, and four made free throws from Rendon in the final seconds of the half to produce a 6-0 swing and give HIU a 35-33 edge headed to the locker room.
Rendon was the only player on either side to reach double figures in the first 20 minutes as she produced 14 points. Bauman, Jacobs, and Junior Marissa Rendon all scored six points before the break. The leading scorer for Biola was Adijat Adams with nine points.
Out of the intermission, A. Rendon knocked down a three pointer, Bauman nailed a three pointer of her own, and A. Rendon connected on a free throw all sandwiched around three straight turnovers on the offensive end for the Eagles. The nine point cushion sent the Royals off and running.
Hope International would go on to build as large as a 16 point lead at 72-56 with 5:37 to play.
However, Biola showed some fight of their own and they cut the HIU advantage all the way down to just five with 1:07 to play. But the Royals scored the final seven points.
Behind the combined 46 points of A. Rendon and Bauman, the other four Royals that scored all scored nine points- Jacobs, M. Rendon, Junior Krystal Canning, and Sophomore Alexis Perry (a career high).
Adams finished with 20 points and 21 rebounds for Biola.
Head Coach Bill Crammer said, "It was a game of contrasts tonight. Biola's post game versus our outside game and pressure defense. Our ladies did an outstanding job forcing them into 26 turnovers. We also used our quickness to force them into fouling us on the drive- as a result we went to the free throw line 20 more times than Biola. Biola played well and kept fighting back as we tried to run away from them. They never gave up and proved that there are no easy wins in the GSAC. Congratulations on hard fought game."
On Saturday, the Royals will make their way to The Pit on Vanguard's campus in Costa Mesa. Tip-off with the No. 1 Lions will come at 5:30 pm. Biola will host Concordia in Chase Gym.