Road Trip Wrapped Up With Win

LACEY, Wash. – Azusa Pacific earned a 65-49 road win on Tuesday night at Saint Martin’s, and the Cougars improved to 4-2 overall.

Molly Whitmore scored 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting, and Alex Lowden added 14 points while tallying seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Kelly Heimburger and Paige Uyehara also impacted the game in several ways, with Heimburger scoring nine points and recording six rebounds and four steals, while Uyehara dished out a game-high five assists and had two steals and a block.

How It Happened: The Cougars were able to work their way to a double-digit lead late in the first quarter (16-6, 1:11), as they held Saint Martin’s to just three made field goals (3-for-13) and forced six turnsovers in the opening 10 minutes of action.

In the second quarter, Saint Martin’s came to life offensively, scoring 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Saint Martin’s tied the score at 25-25 with just four minutes to go, and the Saints managed to take their first lead since the opening bucket of the game, when an intentional foul committed by the Cougars with just a second left on the clock before Halftime sent the Saints’ Lauryn Morris to the free throw line, where she knocked down both to put the hosts ahead 31-30.

The Saints’ lead would be short-lived in the third quarter. On the opening possession of the second half, Whitmore scored to put the Cougars up 32-31, and the bucket was the start of a 9-0 run that was capped off by an Amayah Kirkman three that made it 39-31 with 6:30 to go in the third. Overall, Azusa Pacific outscored the Saints 15-4 in the third quarter, and the visitors entered the final 10 minutes of play with a 45-35 advantage.

While Saint Martin’s was able to get within two possessions in the fourth (50-44, 5:45), it was the closest the game would be, as the Cougars went on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes of play to take their largest of the game at that point (62-46). Over the final few minutes of action, the margin would remain at 14 or more points.

By The Numbers: The Cougar defense caused havoc for the Saints all game long, forcing Saint Martin’s into 20 turnovers, of which Azusa Pacific turned into 20 points, and the Saints were held to just 33% shooting (18-for-54), including 0-for -12 from beyond-the-arc. The Cougars posted a narrow 38-36 advantage on the glass. On the offensive glass, Azusa Pacific hauled in 16 offensive rebounds and scored 18 second chance points, while the Saints had 14 offensive rebounds, but were only able to tally six second chance points.

Up Next: The Cougars home opener is up next on the schedule, as Westminster visits the Felix Event Center this Saturday, Nov. 26, for a 1:00 pm tip-off. For those unable to attend in person, the game can be streamed for free on the Azusa Pacific Athletics Network.