The Hawks were led by 5-foot-10 freshman standout Lauren Engeln's 16 points and double digit scoring from returning starter's Deborah Go, Cori Williams, and Nicki Nakhaie.
Energized by its home crowd, University (12-7, 1-1) carried a 13-7 lead into the second quarter and still held a fragile 28-27 lead at the half. Lauren Hudash, a 6-1 junior led University with 26 points and senior point guard Casey Gomez totaled 17.
the scoring depth of
"Nakhaie hit two, 3-pointers and Go drove to the basket on two plays, both midway throught the second quarter to really get us going," said Laguna Hills coach Jim Martin, who gave high marks to University.
"Hudash and Gomez gave us fits and were as good as advertised. Hudash is legitimate and is one of the two best post player's we've seen as year," said Martin.
In the end, the Hawks showed greater scoring versatility. "We've got four different kids who can lead us in scoring. That's what good about us," said Martin. "There's never an issue with who gets the ball. We take whatever the defense gives us."
Engeln is the team's leading scorer with 13 per game, with Nakhaie and Williams averaging 11, and Go at 10.
scored 21 points in a 61-51 win last month against
earned its number-2 CIF rating with victories over Ocean View,
Hudash is averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds for coach Bob Bernal's Trojans, and the all-league Gomez, who stands 5-foot-9, averages 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and has connected on 34, three-pointer's.
scored 24 points and hauled in 13 rebounds in the Trojan's 68-41 win against
has a rematch at Laguna Hills on Feb. 2, and if