Originally published Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 08:25p.m.

PRESCOTT — Embry-Riddle’s women’s basketball team posted its third straight Cal Pac Conference victory on Saturday, Jan. 12, crushing La Sierra of California, 98-44, to force a four-way tie for first place.

At the ERAU Activity Center, the Eagles upped their record to 14-3 and 4-1 in the Cal Pac. La Sierra dropped to 5-13 and 2-3, and the Golden Eagles are now 0-8 on the road this season.

League frontrunner UC Merced was upset by Simpson (California), 71-63, on Saturday at home, snapping its 10-game winning streak. Embry-Riddle, NAIA Division II No. 22-ranked UC Merced, No. 10 Antelope Valley and Simpson are all currently tied at 4-1.

Embry-Riddle has nine games left on its conference schedule, including one contest apiece versus Simpson (Jan. 31) and UC Merced (Feb. 2) at home, and one tilt at Antelope Valley (Feb. 9). The Eagles have already beaten Simpson and Antelope Valley once this season, with their lone loss coming at UC Merced.

On Saturday, six Embry-Riddle players scored in double figures, led by guard Haley Villegas’ 18 points (4 of 5 from 3-point range) and four assists in only 16 minutes of play, as the ERAU bench received significant minutes in the rout.

Jazlyn Maletino (15 points on 3 for 4 shooting from 3-point range, two assists), Jenna Knudson (13 points on 3 of 5 shooting from 3-point land, three assists, three steals), Bethany Wolph (11 points on 3 of 7 shooting from beyond the arc, four assists, three rebounds, three steals), Jordenn Reibel (10 points, five rebounds) and Katana Martina (10 points, five rebounds) also stood out for the hosts.

The Eagles finished the contest by shooting an impressive 47 percent from 3-point range, knocking down a whopping 17 3-pointers on 36 attempts. They were 15 of 19 from the free-throw line (79 percent).

For La Sierra, starting guard Arianna Sheehy was one of the lone bright spots, tallying 11 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 32 minutes. ERAU’s defense smothered the visitors, limiting them to 31 percent shooting from the field (16 of 52) and forcing 22 turnovers.


Embry-Riddle visits Pacific Union (1-15, 0-4 Cal Pac), which has lost nine in a row, for its next conference game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Angwin, California.

La Sierra plays host to UC Merced (16-4, 4-1) at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Riverside, California.

Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.