Vikings Raid Offensive Glass – Azusa Pacific University Athletics
SAN MARCOS, Calif .– No.5 Azusa Pacific suffered his first loss of the season on Friday afternoon, losing 73-57 in the final to Western Washington. The Cougars are 3-1 to open the season.
Paige uyehara was Azusa Pacific’s top scorer, finishing with 13 points. Kayla shaw also hit double the numbers, scoring 10 points. Kelly heimburger and TyLee Manual shared seven rebounds, a team high, and Heimburger also scored four blocks. Uyehara and Alex Lowden each has collected three flights.
How did it happen: In the first quarter of play, the two teams clashed point for point to enter the second tied at 14-14. In the first 10 minutes of action the Cougars were able to find plenty of deep opportunities, however, they only went 1 to 9 to open. Of their six goals scored in the first quarter, five were scored inside the paint. Defensively, Azusa Pacific limited the Vikings to 5 shots against 15, forced five turnovers and blocked three shots.
In the first seven minutes of play of the second quarter, there were four lead changes and two draws, with neither team taking a lead greater than one possession. The Vikings would start to gain momentum with just over three minutes to half time, as Western Washington closed the half on an 8-2 streak to take a 30-24 advantage before the break. Overall, the Vikings led the Cougars by a 16-10 margin in the second period.
Turning point: The momentum remained with the Vikings in the third quarter, as their lead would not diminish to less than seven. With 7:26 to go in the third, a basket from Viking made it 35-26. would set off a 17-4 streak over the next four minutes, which would give West Washington a 52-30 score. The four-minute streak put the game out of the Cougars’ reach as the margin remained in double digits for the remainder of the game. Azusa Pacific managed to cut the deficit to 11 at 58-47 with 5:12 to go, but the Vikings would hold back any hopes of the Cougars’ return by pushing back the lead to 19 points (67-48) over the next three minutes. .
In numbers : Azusa Pacific ended up on the wrong side of two important stats, as the Cougars struggled beyond the arc and couldn’t keep the Vikings clear of the offensive glass. Azusa Pacific finished 3 for 19 (16%) in depth, while Western Washington finished 7 for 16 (44%). The Vikings tallied 19 offensive rebounds, scoring 14 second chance points.
Following: The Cougars will be back in action tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon when they meet Seattle Pacific in their second and final game at the Cougar Hoops Classic in Cal State San Marcos. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m., and the game can be seen here.