By Monroe Bell, UAV Sports Information Director
COSTA MESA – The NAIA Div. II No. 9-ranked University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (10-3) got a measure of revenge against the NAIA Div. I No. 1-ranked Lions of Vanguard University (11-2), defeating them on Friday afternoon, 108-100 in intercollegiate non-conference NAIA women’s basketball action inside The Pit in Costa Mesa.
The Pioneers earned the victory after being defeated by the Lions earlier this season on Nov. 27, 82-71. After trailing by 14 at the end of the opening period, each team would add 24 points to the scoreboard in the second quarter as UAV entered halftime trailing, 48-34.
Despite being down as many as 22 points in the contest, UAV would outscore the Lions by 10 in the third period, 24-14, and by four in the fourth period, 23-19, good to tie things up and forced overtime with both teams tied, 81-81.
The first overtime period was closely contested as each team would add 11 points and would remain tied at the buzzer to force a second overtime. The second overtime was all-UAV however as they went on to outscore Vanguard 16-8 en route to knocking off the NAIA Div. I No. 1-ranked squad, 108-100.
Junior forward Tylen Price (Lancaster, CA) led all scorers in the game with 26 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double, and sophomore forward Alexia Budd (Los Angeles, CA) added a season and career-high 24 points and 10 boards to complete the double-double.
Senior guard Samantha Earl (Clovis, CA) contributed 19 points and six rebounds, senior guard Daizah Pounds (Richmond, CA) poured in 14 points, shooting 4-of-5 from three-point range, and senior guard Alyssa Gonzales (Bakersfield, CA) chipped in with five points, four assists and two rebounds.
UAV hit 34-of-79 field goals (.430), 12-of-34 three-pointers (.353), 28-of-34 free throws (.824), and outrebounded the Lions, 54-40. UAV committed 22 turnovers and stole the ball four times. Vanguard made 29-of-68 shots (.581), 9-of-14 three-pointers (.643) and 36-of-47 free throws (.766) and committed 18 turnovers and stole the ball from UAV four times.
NEXT GAME: Coached by Deon Price, the Pioneers take some time off to celebrate the holidays before returning to action, facing Dixie State University in an exhibition game on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. PST in Saint George, Utah.