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Warriors Can't Overcome Turnovers in Loss at Hope

By Brandon Petersen, 11/18/19, 10:30AM PST

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The Westcliff University women’s basketball team showed both sides of its personality Friday at Hope International in Fullerton, where it fell to the Royals, 74-55.

The first-half was showcased the Warriors’ tendency to turn the ball over, and Hope raced out to a big lead.

The second-half proved how good the Warriors can be when they don’t turn the ball over -- they won the second by six points.

Had Westcliff turned in a consistent 40 minutes, they could have toppled the undefeated Royals.

“The potential is there, we’re just not consistent right now,” Westcliff head coach Kyle Rouse said. “Right now we will focus on defense and finding the right rotations that will take care of the ball and value each possession.”

Rouse credited Mia Jones and Crissy Almorade for coming up big and helping to come back in the second half.

Tiffany Lucci led the way in the stat book, turning in 11 points.

Simone Hall added 10 of her own.

“We’re definitely improving,” Rouse said. “But we would have a few more wins right now if we could take care of the ball.”

The Warriors host UC Merced Friday.

Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

To contact Brandon Petersen, e-mail brandonpetersen@westcliff.edu.