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Vanguard romps at Pit

November 16, 2003

Steve Virgen

Fresh off its 66-52 season-opening victory at San Diego State, the

Vanguard University women's basketball team seemed determined to

build off that win.

The Lions did so on the scoreboard and on the stat sheet, but

their coach, Russ Davis, said he did not see his team play to its

full potential, though it won, 102-47, over nonconference visitor La

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Sierra Saturday.

"I didn't think we looked that good," Davis said. "We only played,

really, about 15 minutes of good basketball. People might think I'm

crazy because we won big, but I don't coach the scoreboard. There

were some bad passes out there, some lack of energy and a lack of

focus."

La Sierra (0-4) had only two leads, 10-7, and, 12-10, early in the game. The Golden Eagles stayed close to Vanguard through most of the

first half, trailing, 24-20, with 7:35 left. But Vanguard closed out

the first half with a 20-2 run, which included three-pointers by

juniors Lacey Mills (two) and Lisa Faulkner and sophomore Cecilia

Josefsson.

Faulkner, a UC Irvine transfer who scored 14 points, dished out 19

assists, a school record for one game.

She surpassed Amy Pena's former mark of 17 from 1999. Faulkner had

several fancy, no-look passes, as she penetrated La Sierra's defense

and then found an open teammate.

Freshman Kelly Schmidt was also sensational in her home debut,

scoring 33 points, which tied a single-game record (Laura Lee).

Schmidt, a 6-foot forward from Glendale, Ariz., shot 10 of 11 from

the field and hit 13 of her 15 free throws to go with a game-high 12

rebounds. Josefsson (17), Rachel Besse (13) and Mills (10) were also

in double-figure scoring.

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Nonconference

Vanguard 102, La Sierra 47

La Sierra -- Ivancie 15, Barnum 8, Cobb 7, Stinson 7, Simic 3, Kauhane 3, Buettner 2, Sivertsen 2. 3-pt. goals -- None. Technicals -- None. Fouled out -- Stinson. Vanguard -- Schmidt 33, Josefsson 17, Faulkner 14, Besse 13, Mills 10, Wilcox 8, Burns 6,

Dittenbir 1. 3-pt. goals -- Josefsson 3, Faulkner 3, Mills 2. Technicals -- None. Fouled out -- None. Halftime -- VU, 44-22.

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