ANGWIN, Calif. – In an exciting game, the PUC Women's Basketball team honored their only senior, Alexis Lyers (SR/Upper Marlboro, MD) by willing their way to a76-71 overtime victory against La Sierra University on Sunday. The victory gives them helps them double their win total from last season and pushes their conference record to 2-9.
Celina Ewing (FR/Loma Linda, CA) opened up the scoring with a layup that got the PUC offense going early. Lyers connected on two free throws in the first to make the score 8-2 with 7:10 remaining in the opening frame. After falling behind, Lyers would connect on a three pointer to end the quarter and help the Pioneers regain the lead, 18-16. The Golden Eagles would come storming back in the second and force the Pioneers to play from behind for the rest of the half, trailing by five points going into the intermission.
PUC came out of halftime slow and would end the third quarter trailing by nine. The Golden Eagles would score six unanswered points to open the fourth quarter but the resilient Pioneers squad would not go down without a fight. Lyers' senior leadership proved to be invaluable as the Pioneers chipped away at the lead. With just 35 seconds left, Natalya Stepanchuk (JR/North Highlands, CA) drained a game-tying three from the corner, sending the game into overtime.
The Pioneers played great basketball in the opening minutes and when it was time to put the game away, Lyers found herself on the line needing to make both free throws to secure a victory. With 15 seconds left, the senior came through, pushing the PUC lead to four points. The Pioneers would go on to sink one more free throw to win by five.
Six Pioneers scored in double figures in the game led by Ewing's great all-around performance that included a double double 13 points 10 rebounds and five blocks. Imari Clinton (FR/Mill Creek, WA) and Lyers added 12, Faith Williams (FR/Oxnard, CA) and Karrie Franklin (JR/Van Nuys, CA) scored 11 and Natalya Stepanchuk tallied a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The only senior, Alexis Lyers has been a team captain both of her two seasons here at PUC. She is a native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and went to the NAIA National Tournament her freshman year. In her two year career she has been the model of consistency as the starting point guard. She has played in 44 career games and earned CalPac Newcomer of the Year as well as 2nd Team All-Conference honors last season.
Her coaches have high praise for her saying, "Alexis you have shown a lot of character as the starting point guard during the past two seasons. Most impressive is how you dealt with the two different types of teams during the past two seasons…."
The PUC Athletics Family would like to thank you, Alexis for all of your hard work as a student athlete during your time here!