Vanguard 114, Arizona Christian 54
COSTA MESA — Esther Timmermans had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Chelsea Alfafara had 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Nicole Ballestero added 15 assists to go with 12 points for Vanguard (12-1, 3-1 in conference), ranked No. 1 in the NAIA.
Alison Drennan had 13 points and eight rebounds and Samantha Doucette recorded 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lions.
Arizona Christian is 4-12, 0-4.
UC Riverside 68, UC Irvine 67
IRVINE — Junior forward Camille Buckley led the Anteaters with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the Big West Conference game Saturday.
Junior guard Kelly Meggs added 14 points, while junior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto totaled 13 points and four assists for UCI (4-14, 0-6 in conference. Freshman forward Mokun Fajemisin came off the bench to record a career-best seven points to go with four rebounds for the Anteaters.
UC Riverside is 9-7, 2-3.
UC Riverside led by six (64-58) with 1:23 remaining before Buckley made a basket and was fouled with 56 seconds on the clock. After she made her free throw, two UC Riverside players were fouled and missed the front end of the one-and-one, the last allowing Tsurumoto to knock down a three-pointer to narrow the Highlander lead to 64-63 with 23 seconds. Tre'Shonti Nottingham was fouled and hit a pair of free throws before Tsurumoto drove the length of the court and right to the hoop to lay it in with 14 seconds, closing the gap to 66-65. Nottingham was fouled again and made two more free throws with 10 seconds left and after an Anteater three-pointer went long, UCI's Anete Klintsone elected not to pass the ball back outside and go in for a layup as time expired for the 68-67 final score.
Vanguard 74, Arizona Christian 70
COSTA MESA — Chris Gorman scored 15 points for the Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Ennis Whatley Jr. scored 13 points, while Preston Wynne and Taylor Kelly added 10 points each for Vanguard (13-6, 2-2 in conference).
Noel Larkins had five steals and seven points for the Lions.
Arizona Christian is 12-4, 2-2.