Red Hawks lose high scoring match to Hope International
Simpson University Sports News
FULLERTON, Calif. - Simpson University's women's basketball team took on the Royals from Hope International University in a high scoring contest on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Lady Red Hawks dropped the match 100-89.
Both the Red Hawks and Royals struggled in the foul column in the first half. The Royals committed three fouls in the first 45 seconds of the game and the two teams combined for 27 fouls in the half. The Red Hawks were 13-of-20 from the free throw line in the half; the Royals converted on 9-of-13 from the charity stripe. The game stayed close for most of the half. There were nine ties and eight lead changes in the half. The largest lead of the half was enjoyed by the Red Hawks when they led by five with 12 minutes to go in the period. Simpson was able to maintain a one-point lead (44-43) going into halftime.
The second half started off with a 14-2 Royals' run led by Brittany Bauman. The Red Hawks never fully recovered from that run and lost 100-89. Bauman finished the game with 25 points, and Lindsay Sutherlin scored 21 points and had six assists. Lauren Salazar added 17 points and five steals, and senior Morgan Rentie contributed seven assists for Hope International.
Bekah Eppler led the Red Hawks offensively with 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Three other Red Hawks were in double figures. Tempest Dawson added 18 points, Nichole Jones scored 13 points, and Charissa Murakami put in 12 points for the Red Hawks in the losing effort.
The loss drops the Red Hawks' record to 0-2 on the young season. They will open up their home schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 9 against the Beacons from Northwest Christian University in a game that will start at 5:30 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.