COSTA MESA — After just 99 seconds, Russ Davis had seen enough. And when the Vanguard University women's basketball coach witnessed still more dominance on the offensive glass by visiting Point Loma Nazarene on Tuesday after his timeout tirade followed the Sea Lions' five-shot opening possession, he decided pride was not too big a sacrifice to make.
"I went to them begging," Davis said after his team pulled away in the second half for a 70-54 Golden State Athletic Conference victory that keeps the No. 6-ranked Lions (5-2, 3-0 in the GSAC) tied with The Master's atop the conference standings. "I said 'Now, I'm not asking, I'm begging you,' " Davis said of his plea for his players to rebound more effectively. "I guess that works, so I should beg before the game."
Point Loma (3-3, 1-2) had four offensive rebounds on its opening possession and 14 at halftime, when it held a 23-14 rebounding edge. But Vanguard posted a 21-20 advantage on the glass after intermission.