Biola rode the handiwork of Adijat Adams to get their second home win of the Golden State Athletic Conference season. They took down Concordia, 65-59, after a thrilling conclusion to a great contest.
"Tonight, one thing that was big was that we outrebounded them 40 to 34," said Head Coach Dr. Bethany Miller. "We had a healthy rebounding margin and made key defensive stops and hit key free-throws along the way. It shows a lot of mental focus."
The Eagles needed all of that mental focus on a night where they saw themselves fall down by a large margin to Concordia in the latter stages of the game. Concordia utilized an 11-2 run through the early part of the second half to get themselves that 50-40 lead with 10 minutes to play.
Biola has put up with enough frustration all season long that they definitely did not need anymore here tonight, especially on their home court. They lit a fire underneath themselves and rode a 17-5 run to give themselves a 57-55 lead with just three minutes left to play.
Starting point guard Desiree Robinson played a big role in that run, as she orchestrated the offense and scored the final two points during the stretch. She ended with six rebounds, helping contribute to the Eagles' eventual advantage in that category.
After taking that two-point lead, Biola would not let its foot off the gas, scoring eight of the final twelve points to wrap up their first victory since Jan. 21.
Adams had yet another remarkable night, carrying the offensive load by scoring a game-high 24 points and bringing in nine offensive boards, and 17 overall. Aubree Mittel hit some key three-point shots and was perfect from the charity stripe to end the night with 13 points.
The Eagles shot a phenomenal 86.4 percent from the free-throw line, making 19 of their 22 attempts. They made them when they counted most, hitting 4-of-5 down the stretch.
"We made that 26-9 run down the stretch, and the team showed a lot of metal toughness. It means that our young team is becoming a lot more veteran," said Miller.
The Eagles improve to 6-16 (2-4 GSAC) and drop the rival Eagles to 10-7 (2-4 GSAC). Biola continues its schedule on Tuesday night with its annual road contest at Arizona Christian.