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Women's Basketball - Sun, Feb. 16, 2014

The four ranked teams atop the Golden State Athletic Conference standings better not look over their shoulder, or they'd be in for quite the surprise. 

Biola, after starting the season 0-10, now sits a 10-16 and has a 4-4 record in GSAC play, to put the team in sole possession of fifth place in the conference.

Saturday night's 13-point victory over No. 7 The Master's College proved that this sudden will to win is no fluke for the Eagles, who seem to be clicking on all cylinders with wins in four of the last five games.

"I am proud of the team," said Head Coach Dr. Bethany Miller. "Our work ethic and execution were both solid, and we had great performances offensively and defensively across the board."

Chelsea Hill is the first player that comes to mind when thinking about standout offensive and defensive performance, as the junior had 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in Biola's upset win.

Hill led the Eagles with 12 points in the second half, as she helped them outscore the Mustangs 43-28 over the final 20 minutes.

It was a very close first half, which saw the Mustangs with a two-point lead at the break. Biola seemed like an uninvited guest at a dinner party, just kind of hanging around with the No. 7 team in the country, but in the second half they made sure that the entire building knew they were the hosts.

A seven-point run right at the midpoint of the second half is when Biola took the lead away from The Master's. A Kiara Clark three-pointer followed by and Elizabeth Munger jump shot, and a layup from Clark gave Biola a 52-46 advantage over TMC.

The team would never again trail throughout the final 10 minutes, earning the shocking victory over the Mustangs, who entered the day 19-5 (7-2 GSAC).

Clark was key during that run of points, but also throughout the night. She shot 7-of-12 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds as she led the Eagles with 19 points.

Aubree Mittel and Munger were the Eagles' other double-digit scorers as they reached 13 and 12, respectively.

In addition to outscoring the Mustangs in the second half, the Eagles outshot them, going 47 percent from the floor and holding TMC to just 33 percent.

Turnovers also played a critical role in Biola's ability to knock off TMC, as they cashed in on the Mustangs' 19 turnovers to the tune of 22 points.

The road does not get any easier for the Eagles in the week ahead, as they move on to face Concorida and No. 15 Hope International on the road.

"We are continuing to work hard to improve, and we will get ourselves ready for two tough games this week," said Miller.

In the meantime, Biola can definitely celebrate serving a loss to the second-highest ranked team in the conference.