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Women's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 9, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Emily Terwilliger led with 10 points coming off the bench for HIU (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Emily Terwilliger led with 10 points coming off the bench for HIU (Photo by Liza Rosales)
(21)The Master's University
Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – Hope International hosted another ranked NAIA opponent on Thursday, February 9 as No. 21 The Master's came to town for the second game of the season series. The Royals fought hard in the rematch and led for stretches in the opening half but ultimately dropped the season series with a 61-49 final score on their home hardwood.

A layup from Sydney Lopez (JR/Buena Park, CA) gave HIU its first lead of the night after two minutes of play in the first quarter and jumper from Coulter Bowlen (JR/Port Jefferson Station, NY) three minutes later secured another lead in an early back-and-forth battle with a 6-5 tally. A gritty team effort tied the score at 12-12 with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter and a triple knocked down by Julia Pihl (SO/Oceanside, CA) made it 15-12 at the break.

The Mustangs woke up after Pihl's triple and answered the bell in the second quarter, outscoring HIU  21-7 in the quarter to take a 33-22 lead at the half. The Royals' largest lead of the night came with 7:50 to play in the half after a second triple from Pihl, but the Mustangs would take the lead for good with just under five minutes left in the half and never looked back.

HIU scored just three points in the third quarter and watched as the Mustangs ran away to a 24-point lead with 9:37 left to play in the game, but a trey poured in by Melody Gauthier (JR/Hacienda Heights, CA) got the Royals back on track. While HIU never threatened the Mustangs' lead again the Royals were able to cut the deficit in half after exploding for 24 points in the final quarter.

Emily Terwilliger (SR/Susanville, CA) led the Royals with 10 points while Bowlen pulled in a team-high seven rebounds. Arin Perry (JR/Cerritos, CA), Pihl, and Lopez dished three dimes apiece in the loss.

HIU falls to 5-16 overall with a 0-11 mark in conference and will travel to face No. 5 Vanguard this Saturday in Costa Mesa. HIU has five games left on its conference slate with four of the last five being played on the road.

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