It was senior night and the lights inside of Chase Gymnasium were shining extra-bright on Adijat Adams as the whole crowd looked to her to lead Biola to a win to put the team in a solid spot headed into the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.
The talented senior center, who has over 1,500 career points in a Biola uniform, did not disappoint as she added another 20 to her ever-climbing career mark in Biola's 65-55 win over Arizona Christian.
She led the team in scoring, but was eclipsed by Tenisha Royston, who scored a program-record 30 points for the Firestorm in its losing effort. Royston was 11-16 from the floor and made another school-record eight three-pointers en route to her 30-point game.
Adams and the Eagles were able to drain shots more consistently and dominate the inside game in order to get a win that they very-much needed to stay right in the thick of things in the middle of the conference.
The Eagles shot 43 percent from the floor, as opposed to the 40 percent that the Firestorm put up. It was the 20-point difference in points in the paint that really stood out, as Biola's physical play kept Arizona Christian out of breath and out of contention throughout the entire game.
There was not a single lead change throughout the game and Biola led by as much as 24 at one point, before eventually allowing ACU to get back within 10 points at the end of the contest.
Three-point shooting was the strength of Arizona Christian. The Firestorm drained 10 three-point shots and was successful on nearly 50 percent of its overall attempts.
Both teams had issues with turnovers and foul trouble, and Adams was actually fouled out for the final three minutes of her final regular-season home game. She was able to squeeze in her 20 double-double of the season, and third straight, before the fouls got the best of her. She added 11 rebounds to go with her 20-point night.
Khadidja Diakite also had a strong night on the hardwood. She was the only other Eagle with double-digit scoring numbers, she had 10 points, and she tacked on four steals and four boards.
Biola's scorching streak continues, as it wins its sixth game since the beginning of February and improves to 7-6 in conference play. The Firestorm's nightmare of a season carries on, as with its 13th consecutive GSAC loss the team moves to 5-22 (0-13 GSAC).
Biola wraps up its regular season with a road contest at Westmont (9-4) on Saturday night.