Stan Plewe, Dixie State Athletics
Dixie State guard Mariah Martin (front) drives to the basket in the Trailblazers' 88-74 loss at California Baptist on Saturday.

Dixie State women’s basketball dropped an 88-74 decision to California Baptist on Saturday inside the CBU Events Center in Riverside, California.

The Trailblazers (6-4, 2-1 PacWest) dug themselves out of an early 13-7 hole midway through the first quarter and closed the frame on a 12-4 run to take a 19-17 lead into the second quarter. Ali Franks scored nine points in the first period, including six points during the go-ahead stretch.

The Lancers opened the second quarter with a 9-2 run to retake the lead at 26-21 at the 7:25 mark of the frame. Dixie State cut the lead to one point at 30-29 on a Matti Ventling 3-pointer, and later to 32-31 on a Franks jumper, but CBU responded with consecutive baskets to build a 37-31 lead at halftime.

California Baptist continued the run into the third quarter, stretching the lead to 54-37 at the 5:11 mark. DSU countered with an 18-6 run during the next four minutes to pull to within 60-55 with 54 seconds remaining in the frame. Morgan Myers keyed the run, scoring seven points with a steal, while Mariah Martin added five points. But DSU didn't get any closer.

The Lancers responded with an 18-2 run during the next four minutes to take a 78-57 lead with 7:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets during the next three minutes until DSU closed the game on an 8-3 stretch to run the score to the final tally of 88-74.

Dixie State shot 39 percent (29-of-73) from the field, 24 percent (6-of-25) from 3-point range and 83 percent (10-of-12) from the free-throw line. Martin led three DSU players in double figures with a career-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists, including a dazzling behind-the-back pass to Taylor Moeaki for a layup late in the fourth quarter. Franks added 17 points and four rebounds, while Kristin Baldwin finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Trailblazers close their two-game road swing at Concordia-Irvine on Monday. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at [email protected].