Walker leads Biola in cross conference clash

The Eagles lose to Cal State University Los Angeles.


Courtesy of Biola Athletics

Redshirt sophomore guard Laila Walker dribbles the ball down the court.

Caleb Crawley, Sports Editor

Redshirt sophomore guard Laila Walker scored 13 points with a trio of three pointers in a 69-49 loss against CSULA on Friday. Freshman guard Jaci Bolden also reached double digits in the scoring category by chipping in 10 points on five field goals made. Biola’s game against CSULA was a part of the Cross Conference Challenge showcase, with other teams in the PacWest and the CCAA conferences competing heading into the weekend as well. 


The Eagles’ first quarter three-point shooting kept the contest close early on. Redshirt junior forward Madi Chang, guard Aysia Johnson and Walker each contributed a three ball in the first frame, trailing the Golden Eagles by a mere four points. CSULA widened the scoring margin to double digits in the second quarter, courtesy of a made three-point field goal by Golden Eagle Nicole Flennaugh. The Golden Eagles outscored Biola 38 to 18 in the second and third quarters, leading 53-29 heading into the final frame. Despite the lopsided score, Biola showed no signs of fatigue in their offensive effort. The Eagles outscored CSULA 20-16 in the fourth quarter — with Walker and Bolden combining for 10 of those points. 

The Golden Eagles’ shooting efficiency was the separating factor in Friday’s game. CSULA shot 47.4 percent from the field compared to Biola’s 30.5 percent. The Eagles also struggled to compete in the paint as the Golden Eagles out-rebounded them 43 to 21. 


The women’s basketball team looks to bounce back in their home debut at Chase Gymnasium against Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.

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