Women’s basketball beaten by Dominican

The Eagles lose by a margin of 18 points.

Charlotte McKinley, Staff Writer

Women’s basketball played against the Dominican University of California in San Rafael, California and lost, 76-58. Though freshman guard Laila Walker scored the first points within a minute, Dominican quickly secured a lead and kept it for the rest of the game. Throughout the game, the ball was not overtly controlled by one team—turnovers were a large factor in this game.


The Eagles had a lower percentage in field goals and 3-pointers than in previous games. They were 41.1% effective with their field goals and only 19% effective with their 3-pointers making only four out of 21 shots. The Eagles were 80% effective with their free throws, but only shot 10 throws.

Biola scored a total of 14 points off turnovers, compared to Dominican’s 26. The Eagles had 32 points in the paint and 10 from the bench. The Penguins scored 32 points in the paint and 21 from the bench. Biola had five second chance points compared to Dominican’s 14. The Eagles also had a total of 10 fast break points under the Penguin’s 15.  


After Walker’s first score of the game, Dominican tied it up seconds later. Freshman guard Amiah Simmons scored the next points of the game, but the team could not keep up with the Penguin’s rapid scores. The first quarter was back and forth, but ended with Dominican in the lead, 24-16.

The second quarter saw no immediate points scored until graduate guard Autumn Hopson scored a 3-pointer two minutes in. Sophomore guard Natasa Radovic had a good layup in the paint before the Penguins took the ball back. Biola scored three more times, but it was not enough to catch up to Dominican, ending the second quarter 39-28. 

Biola’s aggressiveness increased in the third round. Sophomore guard Stephanie Lee scored the first points of the quarter with a jump shot seconds into the quarter. Dominican retaliated, earning two more points with a layup. The Eagles scored several other times throughout the game, but the Penguins kept the lead. The closest deficit Biola created came from junior guard Aysia Johnson’s 3-pointer that brought the score to 48-46 in favor of Biola. That was the only lead the Eagles got that game as the Penguins quickly pulled ahead, ending the quarter 51-48. 

Walker once again scored the first points of the quarter, but Biola was unable to tie up or pull ahead. The Penguins were too much for the Eagles, racking up 25 points compared to Biola’s 10 in the final quarter. Unable to overcome the lead, the Eagles lost to the Penguins 76-58.

Fifth-seeded women’s basketball (17-10 overall, 13-7 conference), will be traveling to the PacWest Conference to face off against the fourth-seeded Academy of Art in Fresno, California on March 3 at 5:00 p.m. Footage and stats from the game are located on the Biola Athletics website.

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