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Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 21, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Olisa Horn was everywhere for HIU against Vanguard (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Olisa Horn was everywhere for HIU against Vanguard (Photo by Liza Rosales)
(5)Vanguard University
Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – Hope International hosted No. 5 Vanguard in its third-straight home GSAC tilt on Saturday, January 21, at 5:30 in the Darling Pavilion. Olisa Horn (SR/Santa Ana, CA) was everywhere for HIU against the top-ranked Lions and willed her team to a halftime lead, but the Lions were able to overcome the deficit for a win in the second half.

The Royals enjoyed an early 5-0 lead after Melody Gauthier (JR/Hacienda Heights, CA) knocked down a triple and Coulter Bowlen (JR/Port Jefferson Station, NY) followed with a baseline jumper. The Lions would rally to tie at five and a back and forth quarter ended with a Bowlen three-point play after a floater in lane and the foul shot gave HIU a 13-11 lead.

Another back and forth battle followed in the second quarter as the two teams traded buckets all the way to the buzzer. Both teams put up 14 points in the period so the Royals' first-quarter lead held and at the half HIU headed into the locker room in front, 27-25 after a final Lions' jumper cut the lead to two. HIU was able to shoot almost 50% from the field in the first half while holding the Lions below 25% from the field for a two-point lead despite committing a handful of turnovers in the opening half.

The Royals brought the fight to the Lions again early in the third and still held a slim lead, 31-30, with 5:41 left in the quarter, but the Lions tied it on a foul shot 30 seconds later. HIU would tie the game once more at 38-38 with 2:30 left in the quarter but at the start of the fourth quarter Vanguard led 42-47 and did not look back. The Lions outscored HIU 8-14 in the final quarter to escape with a 50-61 win.

For the second straight year the Royals have played Vanguard especially tough on the hardwood in the Darling Pavilion – the Royals' small rotation of seven players was able to limit the Lions to 33% shooting from the field and under 30% from beyond the arc, both great accomplishments when taking into account the Lions' season averages and overall record.

Julia Pihl (SO/Oceanside, CA) led the Royals with 19 points off the bench on 4-7 shooting from downtown and hit on 5-6 free throws as well. Jazzmyn Oliver (SR/Rancho Cucamonga, CA) flirted with a double-double (12 points, seven boards) and Horn's impact went well beyond the stat sheet – the senior's six points, three assists, and two steals do not adequately depict how hard she played for her team.

Despite playing with the best effort HIU has shown in recent weeks, the Royals are still searching for a conference win with a 4-12 overall record and a 0-6 standing in the GSAC. HIU will play its last non-conference tilt Tuesday at 5:30 against St. Katherine before hosting Westmont next Saturday.

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