by Kaylee Noborikawa, Sports editor
|Following a 102-52 defeat against Grand Canyon
University Jan. 3, the HPU women’s basketball team fared
better against the towering Antelopes (five 6-foot-plus players
to HPU’s one—Jocelyne Norris), but still lost their
13th game of the season, 92-49.
HPU trailed 5-13 early in the game, but the Lady Sea Warriors
made a five-point run to come within six. After a flurry of HPU
turnovers, GCU turned up the heat, igniting a 9-0 run.
HPU, unable to capitalize on several breakaway plays, shot 37.5
percent from the field in the first half but struggled 0-4 behind
the three-point line. With the Antelopes shooting 54.5 percent
from the free throw line, and hitting 45 percent of their field
goals, HPU ended the half trailing 45-26.
GCU rolled over the HPU defense in the second half, scoring the
first eight points until HPU’s Shannon Miyashiro attempted
to stop their momentum with a lay-up. However, GCU’s Jennifer
Cobb answered back with a three-pointer, giving the Antelopes
a 58-31 advantage. They stretched that lead to 66-31 in a matter
of minutes with an aggressive defense, out-rebounding the Lady
Sea Warriors 46-34.
HPU was forced into 35 turnovers, compared to the Antelopes’ 17.
Nonetheless, the Lady Sea Warriors found a spark in Constance
Decaires, who shot 9-12 in field goals and was the leading team
scorer with 24 points.
The remainder of the second half was similar to the first, with
GCU dominating the court and overpowering the smaller Sea Warrior
players. The Antelopes extended their lead to 92-49, but not
before HPU ignited a nine-point run to end the game 92-58.
I think (HPU) competed pretty hard tonight, and I have no complaints,” said
Head Coach Elizabeth “Liz” O’Brien. “These
past two games, they played the best team basketball they ever
played, so it’s coming along.”
The Lady Sea Warriors played both conference games without top
scorer Ashley Jenkins, who was sitting on the bench for disciplinary
reasons. “Actually I think that it’s been a benefit,
because they’re learning that all of them can score and
hopefully we can grow as a team,” said O’Brien. Jenkins
is ranked second in the Pacific West Conference in scoring, averaging
about 18 points per game, and leads the team in rebounds, assists,
and steals. She will be suspended for one more game.
O’Brien believes that her team needs more experience in
order to grasp their first victory and “continue to play
The two main things that we have to focus on is rebounding and
taking care of the ball,” said O’Brien.
In their home debut Dec. 15, the HPU women fell to Central Washington
University, 70-62, despite Jenkins’ career-high 31 points
and 10 rebounds. Miyashiro added 11 points for the Lady Sea Warriors.
In spite of the loss, the HPU basketball team performed better
than the Wildcats in several categories, out-rebounding CWU 37-34
and shooting 43 percent compared to the Wildcat’s 37 percent.
Despite facing the 14th-ranked team in Division II, the Lady
Sea Warriors never gave up the fight in their 91-49 loss against
Missouri Western in the Hoop-N-Surf Tournament Dec. 18. Jenkins
and Miyashiro led HPU with 20 and 14 points, respectively.
The HPU women had a sluggish start Dec. 19 against the Missouri
Southern Lions, who pounced on the smaller Sea Warriors 76-54.
HPU shot 26 percent in the first half but came back in the second
period for a 13-3 run. Jenkins led the Sea Warriors with 16 points
and Thomas contributed 14.
On Dec. 20, the Lady Sea Warriors fell to Northwood University,
81-61. Jenkins led HPU with 19 points, all in the second half.
Decaires added 14 points for HPU.