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Women's Basketball - Sun, Feb. 5, 2017

COSTA MESA, Calif.- Playing host to their second NorCal visitor in a row, the fifth ranked Vanguard University Lions (22-1, 10-0) defeated the William Jessup Warriors (8-11, 2-8) 58-50. This less than comfortable victory extended the Pride's winning streak to 18, while they remain undefeated in conference. Claire Lamunu (SR/Kampala, Uganda) was back at it with a double double, scoring 24 points and winning 13 rebounds on the night.

Although the Blue and Gold have beaten teams by far more comprehensive margins, they bested the Warriors in virtually every category. Both teams scored an equal amount of points in the paint, but the Lions outscored the Warriors off turnovers, second chance points, fast breaks, and the bench. Nevertheless, the score was tied five times and the lead changed six times. A jumper from Lamunu got the first points on the board, but the Warriors soon tied it up and took a narrow lead of their own. A bucket from Tania Uluheua (JR/Auckland, New Zealand) regained control of the game for the Lions, eventually taking an 11 point lead going into the second period.

The second period saw the Warriors close the gap on the Pride, slashing their deficit to four points by the end of the frame. The Blue and Gold made eight subs in an effort to stifle a Warriors comeback, but the third period would see just that. After two minutes in the third period, the Warriors had tied the game and taken a three point lead. However, Christiana Gerostergiou (JR/Thessaloniki, Greece) scored a three pointer four minutes later, to tie the game for the fifth and final time. Hanna Tabron (SR/Gilroy, CA) then scored another three pointer thirty seconds later,  to regain the lead for Lions. In the fourth and final period the Warriors continued to fight, but to no avail. The Pride proved to be too difficult to overcome, with Kandyce Smith (JR/Monrovia, CA) finishing off the Warriors from the free throw line.

Next Game: Tuesday, February 7th at Westmont College at 5:30 p.m.