APU breezes by Western Washington

62a3566b-3b2b-4269-a9eb-ced0560e41c0.jpgThe Azusa Pacific women’s basketball team got its first win of the season with a 76-61 victory over Western Washington Friday night.

The Cougars took the lead early and never surrendered it for the rest of the game, leading by 20 points for the majority of the second half.

“We’ve worked all week to work with each other and be smart offensively and … we’re finding each other,” head coach T.J. Hardeman said.

The team shot 56.9 percent from the field and had 20 total assists on 38 baskets. Junior guard Allison Greene and junior forward Sendy Valles led the offensive charge: Greene went 6-of-9 for 15 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists while Valles scored a game-high 22 points, going 6-6 in three point shots and grabbing 10 rebounds.

“[Greene and Valles] both have just a great basketball IQ … just bringing that added part of finding each other offensively, setting each other up,” Hardeman said.

The score remained close for most of the first half until the Cougars sparked a 13-5 run with less than four minutes left, bringing the score to 39-28 at halftime.

The rest of the game was all Cougars, who maintained a 20-point lead for 12 minutes and 34 seconds of the second half.