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Women's Basketball - Thu, Jan. 19, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Emily Terwilliger received her NAIA Liston award after the game tonight
Emily Terwilliger received her NAIA Liston award after the game tonight
Menlo College
Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – Hope International hosted Menlo College on Thursday, January 19, in its sixth GSAC tilt of the season and squared off against an Oaks squad also searching for its first GSAC win of the season. Despite a good early showing from HIU, Menlo would go on to prevail in the Darling Pavilion and captured its first GSAC win at HIU with a 69-60 final.

Emily Terwilliger (SR/Susanville, CA) was honored after the game by Athletic Director John Turek with a ceremony before the men's game at 7:30 – Terwilliger was named the GSAC's 2016 Emil S. Liston winner and received her award from Turek in a ceremony between the games wherein Turek recapped some of her accomplishments, including her standings on the all-time lists at HIU.

Hope International was able to work for a lead throughout the first quarter and poured in 12 while playing good team defense for long stretches in the period. The Royals were seconds away from taking a lead with them into the second quarter but a fall-away buzzer beater tied it at 12-12 and HIU would go on to trail by seven at the half. Menlo was able to outscore HIU 24-17 in the second quarter for a 36-29 lead at the break. Menlo scored 34 of its 36 first-half points from second chances on offensive rebounds and off Royals' turnovers.

The Royals fell behind by 13 early in the second half as MC opened on a 6-0 run, but focused team effort allowed HIU to cut the lead all the way down to three, 50-47, with 33 second left in the period – HIU outscored the Oaks in the third quarter and was able to limit the costly points off turnovers.

All the Royals' good work came undone in the fourth as the Oaks outscored the Royals again and finished with the 69-60 win. Coach Bill Crammer had his team foul to stretch the game at the end, but Menlo hit its free throws to ice the game and snagged its first GSAC win of the 2016-17 season.

Melody Gauthier (JR/Hacienda Heights, CA) ended the night as the Royals' leading scorer with 14 points with four made triples and four boards – Jazzmyn Oliver (SR/Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Coulter Bowlen (JR/Port Jefferson Station, NY), and Terwilliger finished with 10 points apiece and both Bowlen and Oliver notched double-doubles in the loss.

The Royals continue their freefall through the season with a 4-11 overall record and an 0-6 showing against conference opponents. The Royals will be back on the court against a Top 10 Vanguard outfit on Saturday in the Darling Pavilion at 5:30 pm.

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