COSTA MESA — Beating Golden State Athletic Conference opponents never seems to go out of style for the Vanguard University women's basketball team. So, it was fitting that the Lions' comeback win over visiting Concordia in the conference opener Tuesday night amounted to project runway.
After managing just four inside baskets during a first half in which they accumulated a 38-29 deficit, the No. 5-ranked Lions spread the floor and gashed the Eagles' defense with drives that produced 12 second-half field goals from inside six feet.
And when the ball didn't go in the basket, a whistle sent Vanguard to the free-throw line, as it made 36 of 48 foul shots. Concordia (3-2) made only six of 13 free-throw attempts and failed to sustain some hot first-half shooting past the early stage of the second half.
"[The Eagles] came in with a lot of confidence, but we let them go off with their confidence at the beginning of the game," said Vanguard senior point guard Sarah Boyd, who was the model of offensive aggression for the Lions on her way to 17 points. "They had all the momentum, because we didn't step up."