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by John Barry, HPU sports information

HPU delivered two strong performances Jan. 30, with the Lady Sea Warriors topping the Lady Silverswords 69-55, and the men falling short of an upset against undefeated Chaminade, 80-72. Karras Blate dropped 18 points in the win for the Lady Sea Warriors, with Jason Curtis posting a career high 28 points in the loss for the HPU men.

The Lady Sea Warriors (4-15, 4-6) topped Chaminade (0-17, 0-10).

After struggling on their recent road trip, HPU returned to form to notch their fourth conference victory. Blate’s 18 points came on 6-13 shooting and 4-7 from beyond the arc. Jocelyne Norris delivered arguably her best performance in an HPU uniform, dropping 13 points on 5-10 shooting while grabbing a school record 16 rebounds.

Ashley Jenkins (15 points, eight rebounds, six assists) and Angela Spence (12 points, five rebounds) also played well. Caitlin Prager led the way for Chaminade with 17 points and seven rebounds.
On the men’s side, HPU (4-15, 1-9) looked to atone for the 28-point drumming in their previous meeting with Chaminade (15-4, 10-0). After the Silverswords opened a 30-14 lead, a dominant victory for Chaminade seemed certain, but HPU had other ideas. The Sea Warriors settled down, and responded to cut the deficit to 39-31 at halftime.

The lead shrunk to five points in the second half, as HPU kept Chaminade off the boards and eyed the comeback and the possible upset. Down the stretch though, it was the Silverswords who pulled out the victory in one of their harder fought PacWest victories.

Jason Curtis led all scorers, dropping 28 points on 10-17 shooting. Ryan Walker and Justonn Smith also delivered solid performances. Walker posted 14 points including 3-5 from beyond the arc, and Smith dropped 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Marko Kolaric posted 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Chaminade.

Both teams matched the Silverswords again on Feb. 3. The Lady Sea Warriors came out on top with a 78-65 win over Chaminade. This put them 4-0 against the Lady Silverswords. The men’s surprising upset (68-57) over Chaminade capped off the contest.
 

 

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