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Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 18, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Coulter Bowlen scored 12 points in the second half against Biola (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Coulter Bowlen scored 12 points in the second half against Biola (Photo by Liza Rosales)
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Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – Hope International hosted No. 17 Biola in its final home game of 2016-17 on Saturday, February 18, for Senior Night. HIU honored four seniors before the opening tip and led at the half against the Eagles in the final GSAC meeting between the two teams before coming undone in the second half and falling 59-51 at home.

The Royals got off to a strong start and played with great energy and connectedness as a team in the first 20 minutes against the No. 17 Eagles. HIU scored first with a triple from Hannah Ascencio (SR/Northridge, CA) and would lead by three after the first period with an 18-15 tally at the first intermission.

The Royals built a seven-point lead in the first three and half minutes of the second quarter and continued to play well as a team on both ends of the floor in the remaining minutes of the first half – a fast-break layup from Olisa Horn (SR/Santa Ana, CA) pushed the lead back out to six with two minutes to play and while the Eagles made the last shot of the half, HIU would lead 27-24 at the break after shooting 40% from the field and limiting the Eagles to under 30% shooting as a team.

Biola was able to regroup during the halftime break and came out with renewed focus offensively, slowly chipping away at the Royals' lead. Coulter Bowlen (JR/Port Jefferson Station, NY) gave HIU its largest lead of the night with a layup at the eight-minute mark, 33-24, but the Eagles rallied back to lead by one heading into the fourth quarter with a 38-37 advantage.

The final quarter played by the two sides swung steadily in favor of the Eagles as they would go on to outscore HIU 21-14 in the final period to seal the win. Bowlen erupted for 12 points in the second half but her offense was not enough to overcome team miscues in the second half and HIU fell by eight on Senior Night to the No. 17 Eagles.

HIU falls to 5-19 overall and 0-14 in the GSAC after the loss and will travel to Menlo and William Jessup next weekend to conclude its 2016-17 season on the road. Links to live coverage will be available for both games on our website.

 
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