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Tim Cook: New Coaching Addition to SDCC Men’s Basketball

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AsstCoach_CookMon., Jan. 31, 2011
El Cajon, Calif. -- On Monday, San Diego Christian College and Head Men's Basketball Coach Conrad Sun announced the hiring of Tim Cook (pictured left), the new lead recruiting and assistant coach for Hawks.

"Coach Cook is an upgrade to our coaching staff in many ways." said Coach Sun. "There are two reasons that stand out to me above the rest. First, he's a guy that loves relationships and it is evident that everywhere he's been he has built great relationships with players, coaches and families. And secondly", comments Sun, "is his wealth of experience recruiting in the GSAC and knowing what it takes to compete in this league."

Cook brings 17 years of playing/coaching experience into SDCC along with fresh knowledge of GSAC coaching from 7 seasons ('03-'10) of assisting at GSAC power, California Baptist University. At CBU, Cook helped build a top caliber NAIA program, where the Lancers were a No. 1 NAIA Division I ranked team in 2008-09 and were ranked in the top twenty in America five out of the seven seasons he was on staff. He was also a part of the 2009 win over NCAA Division I Pepperdine University and had a hand in bringing three All-American's to the Lancer's squad, one of which was GSAC Player of the Year in 2007-08.

Prior to CBU, Cook was a key component to turning an 0-31 program (2000) at Cascade College ('01-'03) in Portland, Oregon, into a 28-6 team who made a NAIA DII Sweet 16 appearance at the NAIA National Tournament in 2002.

From 1996-2001, he was both a head and assistant coach at high schools in the Vancouver, Washington and Salem, Oregon. He led elite high school teams, such as Prairie HS who qualified for the Washington State Final Four in 2001 and focused on the individual growth of the players under him.

At SDCC, Cook looks forward to helping rebuild a nationally competitive program through recruiting, assisting Coach Sun, and working to change perception and the mentality of SDCC basketball.

Royals Stun Hawks, 73-62

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Sat., Jan. 29, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- Hope International University avenged their earlier loss to the Hawks, coming from behind in the second half on Saturday night to defeat the SDC by 11, 73-62. Hope improved to 13-9 overall and 4-8 in the tough GSAC conference. SDC dropped to 7-15 and are now 1-11 in conference.

HIU took control three minutes in, going up 12-4. But Tyler Mutton hit a three at 14:13 that sparked a Hawk run that put them up by 6 at the half. First half totals had SDC shooting 54.2% from the field, hitting 4-7 from downtown. Seven Hawks had three or more points, with junior Tim Sanders hitting all three shots he took for 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

SDC held their newly acquired lead for around 6 minutes into the second, when a dunk from Royal Orlando Collins cracked the flood gate for HIU at 49-48. Royal pressure and the crowds energy flustered SDC forcing sixteen second half turnovers giving Hope the opportunity to inch away, eventually tucking the 73-62 win under their wing.

After their second half numbers, SDC's overall shooting dropped to 46.0%, with 10 of 13 free throws falling by games end. HIU ended hitting 28 of 62 (45.2%) from the field and 15 of 23 at the line, 16 of those opportunities came in the second.

Two Hawks, Paul Wolf and Xavier Mylleville finished with 9 points, and three with 8. Sanders had the team high 7 rebounds and went 4-5 from the field for 8 points and a block.

San Diego Christian hosts No. 2 Concordia University with a 7:30pm tip-off time on Tuesday (Feb. 1) at the Ryan Athletic Center.

2nd GSAC Win, 76-62 Over HIU

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Sat., Jan. 29, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The Lady Hawks (7-13, 2-10 GSAc) pulled in their second GSAC win of the year on Saturday night in a 76-62 win over Hope International University (10-12, 2-10 GSAC). In their last meeting, the Royals pocketed an 87-79 win despite freshman Heather Serven's 26 point night (7-11 3Pt). This time around, the Hawks consistency paid off with 3 players finishing with double-digit point totals.

Junior Brittany Robinson was 6-12 from the field and 2-4 at the line for 15 points, 5 rebounds and an assist. Junior Juanita Lewis also finished with 15 points (4-7 FG, 6-9 FT) four steals and an assist. Freshman Alexa Davison had a team high 7 boards and senior Melissa Villalobos, who added 13 points to the Hawks cause, had 6 assists on the night.

Hope, who usually finds a majority of their points on penetration to the basket, struggled to connect in general. SDC pulled out to a 12-2 lead on forced HIU turnovers and cold shooting. The Royals were 1 of 10 in the first 6 minutes, finding the channels but unable to put the points on the board. Champ Hood, who averages 24.4 points per game was held to a mere 6 points in the first half and ten in the second.

SDC would lead by as many as 13 with the help of Serven's two three's and made free throws, closing the half with a 35-25 lead. They shot 13-26 (46.4%) while HIU's struggles showed through their 6 of 29 shooting (20.7%). Despite their issues from the floor, twelve of their 25 first half points came at the free throw line (12-15).

Hood's presence under the basket brought the Royals back into contention in the second, scoring ten points and five rebounds. She alone had 13 offensive rebounds and 2 defensive during play. The passes from Crystal Vazquez to Hood brought HIU within three at 48-45 with 10:53 to go, but SDC's consistency allowed them to recover and eventually celebrate the 76-62 win.

While HIU's game 29% shooting hung over them, the Hawks were 26-55 from the field and 19 of 27. Hope saw the line 37 times during the game for 24 points.

SDC hosts Concordia University on Tuesday (Feb. 1) night, with tip off scheduled to go at 5:30pm.

TMC Victors, 52-44

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Thurs., Jan. 29, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]

Santa Clarita, Calif. -- The Hawks fell to 7-14 (1-10 GSAC) on Thursday night in the seaons second loss to The Master's College (9-13, 2-10 GSAC), 52-44.

Even match ups in the first half kept the score and play close, with SDC leading early and three ties to the 22-20 halftime score. Both teams were able to knock down 3 out of 10 three-pointers and 7 shots total from the field. Two extra free-throws for the Mustangs established their two point margin going into the second half.

San Diego Christian had their chances in the second, but couldn't locate their named three point fever to put them back in contention for late the lead (1-8, 12.5%). Throughout the half, The Master's held a 4 to 10 point lead over SDC, keeping the Hawks from quality looks at the basket, sealing the 52-44 win.

By games end, senior Paul Wolf had the high's for SDC going 2 for 4 and 8 of 9 at the line for 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists. TMC shot below 50%, hitting 8-19, with three players still finishing in double digits.

Hope International University will meet at the Ryan Athletic Center for their final match up with SDC on Saturday, January 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.

Tough Times in Santa Clarita

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Thurs., Jan. 29, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]

Santa Clarita, Calif. -- San Diego Christian College was hosted by The Master's College Mustangs on Thursday night holding high hopes of avenging their 103-100 loss from their last meeting. But the Mustangs, who sit amidst the meat of the GSAC conference (14-7, 7-5 GSAC), shot 54.5% (30-55) from the field to take the 85-49 win. San Diego Christian dropped to 6-13 overall and 1-10 in conference with the loss.

It was apparent from the tip-off that the Hawks weren't at the top of their game as TMC took off to an 11-0 lead. Juanita Lewis, who finished with 14 points (5-14 FG, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds and four steals, posted SDC's first points around five minutes in. TMC outscored SDC 29-11 in the final 9 minutes of the first half to the 44-19 score, shooting 60.7% (17-28) to SDC's 25.8% (8-31). Not one three was hit by SDC in the first, an unusual streak out of the Hawks go to shot while TMC had 21 of their points come from the three.

Senior Melissa Villalobos has 8 of her 15 points in the , shooting 3-6 from the field with two steals. Lewis was close behind with 7 points, but only two other Hawks had a bucket in the half. Beyond the Hawks two point leaders, four Mustangs had 6 or more points to close out the first.

The wound deepened in the second half as TMC fluctuated between a 23 to 40 point lead. The Hawks struggled to find a rythum still in the second, ending with a 29.3% from the field, hitting 17 of their 58 shots. TMC's Lena Rivera was virtually unstoppable for the Mustangs, shooting 8-9 from the floor and 5 of 6 from the line.

SDC hosts Hope International University on Saturday (Jan. 29) at the Ryan Athletic Center at 5:30pm.

No. 7 APU Steals Away Win

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Photo by Mark C. Cooley Photography

tmutton1Sat., Jan. 22, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- Eleven turnovers and a mere 4-16 (25%) from the field in the second half caused the Hawks to conceed their at one time twenty point lead over the No. 7 Azusa Pacific University Cougars, 72-67. Azusa Pacific extends their winning streak to thirteen and their overall record to 18-2 with a 9-1 conference record. The Hawks drop to 7-13 overall and 1-9 in GSAC.

The Hawks put up a great battle in the first shooting 63.6% with senior Tyler Mutton (pictured left) marked a threat from the three, hitting 5 in the half, two as a part of the Hawks first points. Mutton had 15 points in the first (5-7 3Pt) with three other Hawks chiming in with 6 points a piece. SDC shot a season high 63.3% from the field and 58.3% from downtown (7-12). APU struggled all around, shooting 39.1% from the field with no three's on nine attempts. Their redeemer for the first was their 70.6% free throw shooting (12-17) keeping them within 15 (45-30) going into the half.

The second half was a complete turnaround for SDC with APU outscoring them with hot shooting (15-30 FG) 42 to 22 and outrebounding them 21 to 10. SDC's lead through 28 minutes of play over the No. 7 Cougars, slipped away from them for good on a clutch three-pointer from Caleb Burgess who would also hit two free throws in the final minute as APU clinched the 72-67 win.

Mutton finished with 22 points (7-11 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 2-4 FT) 4 assists and three rebounds. Not far behind him was senior Jason Starr who was 3-4 from downtown and 5-6 from the line. He also had three rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Final percentages had SDC outshooting APU in all areas, but APU's 24-53 from the field and 20-30 points at the line pushed them toward the win.

SDC heads to The Master's College on Thursday (Jan. 27) for a 7:30pm match up in Santa Clarita for their next game.

Thomas with 25 in Loss to No. 8 APU

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JThomasSat., Jan. 22, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- After a strong first half, the Hawks watched No. 8 Azusa Pacific University run off on Saturday afternoon with a 81-65 win. APU extended their win streak to five, boasting a 16-4 overall record and a conference record of 8-2. SDC (6-12, 1-9 GSAC) is left still trying for their second GSAC win of 2011.

Junior Jasmin Thomas (pictured left) capped her night with a season high 25 points (9.6 ppg), hitting 9 of 12 from the field and 6-7 at the line. She also had 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Freshman Jermani Daniels also had a season high 13 rebounds and 9 points (4-5 FG) adding two blocks in the second half.

First half action had APU up 9-4 at the five minute mark. SDC caught APU off their game in the teens, tying the game for the second time at 17-17, but the Cougars used the Hawks comeback to generate a momentum that would put them up by as many as 9, ending the half up 44-36.

Thomas was 6-8 from the floor and 1-1 from behind the arch as the lead contributer to the Hawks 45.2% shooting (14-31). It was an off night for SDC from downtown, only hitting 2 of 11 chances and only 54.5% of their 11 first half free throws. APU was 16-32 from the field with their 11-15 made free throws helping maintain their first half lead.

A mildly sloppy opening to the second half from SDC let the Cougars stretch their lead to 16 five minutes in and to 20 with 7:23 to go. SDC's 32.3% shooting in the second gave them an overal 38.7% shooting from the field. Three Hawks hit three's, but it just wasn't SDC's normal 37% three-point shooting on Saturday. Azusa hit 17 of 23 in the second for a game 51.6% shooting. Eboni Salder finished with 23 points for the Cougars, going 8-12 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws, all coming in the first. Salder also finished with seven rebounds and five steals.

Azusa out rebounded the Hawks 42-35, in assists 15-6, but did have one more turnover (19-18) than SDC by games end.

SDC plays a Thursday game this week at The Master's College (Jan. 27) starting at 5:30pm in Santa Clarita, California.

VU Takes It By Ten

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Tues., Jan. 18, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
Costa Mesa, Calif. -- In an unfortunate result, Vanguard University now sits above San Diego Christian GSAC standings with the 69-59 win over the Hawks on Tuesday. VU is 4-13 now, with 2 wins and 7 losses in conference. SDC drops to 7-12 overall and a GSAC record of 1-8.

VU took a strong lead on a 17-2 run to 23-10 with 6:35 to go. Soon after, VU had taken a commanding 29-12 lead with the help of 13 SDC turnovers while the Hawks had trouble scoring. The 36-19 halftime score had SDC shooting 36.4% (8-22) from the field and a below average 2 of 7 from the free throw line. Vanguard was 13-35 from the field, also hitting 4 three's and making 6 of 7 from the line.

Vanguard extended their second half lead to 23 at 47-24 with SDC cutting the distance to 7 with an 14-0 run with 8 minutes to go. An exciting period of three point shots from Jason Starr (2) and Tyler Mutton (1) caught the Hawks to within three, but VU snapped the momentum with two free throws at 4:33 and carried a single-digit cushion through to the eventual 69-59 win.

Starr finished with the team high 14 points going 5-6 from the field, sinking 3 of 4 three point attempts. Paul Wolf put up a season high 12 points (6-12 FG) and 8 rebounds by games end. SDC, shooting one of their more accurate percentages of 2011, went 23-48 from the field and 8-18 from downtown. The difference for Vanguard came at the charity stripe where they pulled in 15 points out of 21 chances. VU's point leader in their 43.4% shooting effort (23-53), Alex Chapman was 8-15 and 5-6 from the line for 21 points and 7 rebounds.

SDC takes to the court again on Saturday, January 22 against No. 7 Azusa Pacific University starting at 4:00pm.

Nudged Out In Final Seconds, 62-59

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Tues., Jan. 18, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
Costa Mesa, Calif. -- The No. 12 Vanguard University Lions hosted San Diego Christian on Tuesday night in their first conference match up of the season, overtaking the Hawks in the final seconds 62-59. Vanguard, with a now 10-5 overall record (6-3 GSAC) just recently slipped out of the top 10. The Hawks drop to 6-11 overall and 1-8 in conference.

After leading for nearly five minutes, SDC pulled ahead of VU 13-12 on one of Jasmin Thomas' 8 first half free throws. The lead exchanged 5 times before SDC hit a cold period with VU hit shots to an 8 point lead at 32-24. Free throw's in the final 2 minutes allowed VU to walk into the half with a 34-30 lead.

The half's 27 fouls (14 SDC, 13 VU) put both Thomas and VU's Boyd at the line for a total of 18 free throws, 29 overall between both teams in the first. Thomas was 6 of 8, while Boyd was 7-10, ending with 11 points. SDC made 8 of their 22 shots from the field with two of three 3-pointers coming from junior Brittany Robinson (14.6 ppg) who had 7 points for the Hawks. VU was 12-29 (41.4%) forcing 10 SDC turnovers for 13 points.

Back to back shots from Heather Serven around 4 minutes in put SDC up by one, with Robinson bumping the lead to two on another three. Serven hit another three at 12:09, continuing the 15-4 run to put SDC up by their largest margin, 45-38. Their lead was short lived as a jumper, 4 free throws and a three put VU up by 1 (49-48) with 6:31 to go.

Despite their 36.4% shooting, VU carried their lead into the final 51 seconds. At that time it seemed as though, freshman Jermani Daniels' 2 clutch free throws would give SDC the 1 point win, but a loose ball foul in the last 37 seconds put VU at the line where 2 made free throws iced it for the Lions.

Turnovers became an issue for SDC in the second accompanied by an overall 17-28 from the free throw line. Both teams saw the charity stripe 28 times by games end with VU hitting two more than SDC. SDC shot 39.1% (18-46), also hitting 6 three's that served as momentum shifters throughout the course of the game.

Robinson ended with 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt) also collecting 5 rebounds. Junior Juanita Lewis had the team high 4 steals and 6 rebounds. Daniels also had 6 rebounds in the effort. Serven ended with 13 points, hitting 2 three's, going 5-12 from the field.

SDC takes to the court again on Saturday, January 22 against No. 8 Azusa Pacific University starting at 2:00pm.

76-57 Loss In Santa Barbra

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Sat., Jan. 15, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
Santa Barbra, Calif. -- Westmont College (13-4, 5-3 GSAC) hosted the Hawks on Saturday night, pocketing their fifth GSAC win of the season 76-57. San Diego Christian falls to 7-11 overall and 1-7 in conference.

SDC started out with back to back three's, pulling away by 7 on their third team three pointer at 11-4 around 13 minutes in. But minutes later two three's and a jumper from the Warriors stunned SDC who found themselves suddenly down by 1 point. Westmont allowed SDC to come within three on a Tim Sanders layup at 27-24, but went into the locker room with a 9 point lead (34-25).

Westmont closed out the half shooting 37.9% (11-29) from the field while SDC hit 7 of 20, also shooting 6 of 8 from the line. Both teams had 5 three's a piece with a majority of SDC's coming in the opening minutes. Senior Tyler Mutton was 2-5 from three point range, leading SDC with 6 points.

The second half was a sore subject for the Hawks who's 44.4% (12-27) shooting was overshadowed by 14 personal fouls that sent WC to the line 17 times for 11 points. Westmont blocked four Hawk shots, out rebounded SDC 40-30, and forced 15 total turnovers on their way to the 76-57 win.

Junior Keenan Patterson was on fire from behind the three point line in the second half, going 4 for 4 on the night for the Hawks top scorer with 12 points.

Three of Westmont's players finished in double-digits with Blake Bender recording a double-double with ten rebounds and eleven points. He was at the line for 7 of WC's 27 appearances at the charity stripe.

San Diego Christian travels to Vanguard University on Tuesday, January 18 for a 7:30pm game in Costa Mesa, California.

Westmont Hangs On, 67-62 Loss

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Sat., Jan. 15, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
Santa Barbra, Calif. -- The Westmont College Warriors, who receive votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 ratings, held on in the final seconds to take the 67-62 win from San Diego Christian. SDC, still looking for the second GSAC win, is now 6-10 overall and 1-7 in GSAC while Westmont breaks even in conference at 4-4, improving to 12-4 overall.

Junior Jasmin Thomas came out with the games first points, but eight scoreless posessions later Westmont took hold of the lead which they would keep throughout the first half.

SDC hit only 5 shots, gaining a third of their first half points at the free throw line (5-8). Wesmont had a similar fortune, hitting 8 of 12 opportunies at the line.

Free throws for both sides allowed the game to reach the twenties, since neither team shot above 25% from the field. SDC was 5-25 (20.0%) and 7-32 (21.9%) from Westmont resulted in a 23-15 halftime score. Junior Juanita Lewis was 100% on the court, scoring 8 of the Hawks 15 points (2-2 FG, 4-4 FT). Junior Michelle Gonzalez had 5 rebounds, also going 2-2 from the field for 4 points.

In the first five minutes of the second, SDC had made more shots than they did in all of the first, forcing 4 Warrior turnovers and creating a 13-5 run that tied the game at 30. Westmont exploded out of a 32-32 tie, scoring 18 unanswered points until a free throw from Lewis with 8:34 to go. SDC broke through Westmont's double-digit hold on a few occassions, coming within 3 with 9 seconds to go, but two good free throws on an SDC foul wrapped the win up for the Warriors.

Junior Brittany Robinson found a groove in the second, hitting 4 three's and all 6 free throws for a team high 18 points. Gonzalez ended with 9 rebounds and 11 points, going 4-5 from the field and 1-1 behind the three.

SDC put down 6 three's (33.3%), shooting 35.1% overall, going 20-57 from the field. Westmont saw similar results, hitting 22 of 61 from the field (36.1%) but cashed in on 21 of 32 opportunties at the charity stripe. San Diego Christian had found 25 points off of Westmont turnovers, while Westmont pulled down 48 rebounds by games end to SDC's 36. Vanessa Farias was the point leader for Wesmont with 21 points (8-12 FG, 2-5 3 Pt, 3-7 FT).

The Hawks take to the road again on Tuesday, January 18 to take on No. 12 Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.

Just Out of Reach Against CBU

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Tues., Jan. 11, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- California Baptist University Lancers (8-8, 2-5 GSAC) swiped the win in the final two minutes from San Diego Christian (7-10, 1-6 GSAC) on Tuesday, 59-56.

Senior Aaron Felix topped the Hawks scoring efforts with 15 points (6-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt) 4 assists and 2 rebounds. Senior Jason Starr was 5-9 from the field and 3-6 from downtown for 13 points.

CBU started out well, going up 8-3 early, but a handful of three's put SDC back in the game at 11-9 with 10:21 to go. Uneventful minutes passed without either team taking charge on the court, but CBU had the upper hand going into the half at 22-19. Neither team shot well in the first, both hovering around 30% from the field. CBU hit 7-13 at the line, helping their cause, while SDC was only 1 of 5 at the charity stripe.

A 12-4 run that started with 11 minutes left in the second (44-36), put the game at its third tie at 48-48. Four ties through the last ten minutes of the second half made for an exciting game as the CBU lead waivered and changed hands near the final five minutes. The tip-in by Ivan Patterson with 1:57 remaining iced the win for the Lancers, as SDC's shooting last ditch efforts were denied by the Lancers.

Final shooting numbers had SDC dipping below 40% (22-57) and CBU, who shot 61.5% in the second, closed out the game shooting 48.9% from the field. Rebounds weren't the Hawks strong suit on the night as well, with CBU pulling down 41 to SDC's 27.

Westmont College hosts the Hawks on Saturday, January 15 with tip-off scheduled for 7:30pm. For LiveStats, click here. For video, click here.

Second Half Kick Give CBU Win

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Tues., Jan. 11, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The second half turn around for the No. 7 California Baptist University Lancers (13-4, 6-1 GSAC) gave the Hawks (6-9, 1-6 GSAC) the short draw on Tuesday night in the 73-63 loss.

CBU, who had come off of two huge wins against NAIA/GSAC teams Azusa Pacific University (No. 8) and Vanguard University (No. 12), came out slow in the first opening the way for SDC to take a 24-13 lead with 11:04 to go. The Hawks rythum was disrupted when V.V. Vasciunaite (20.0 ppg) hit a three that put them on a 10-4 run track to tie the score at 34 by half.

SDC shot 44.8% (13-29) from the field with junior Brittany Robinson scoring 10 points, going 4-8 from the field with 2 three's. Junior Jasmin Thomas was 4-5 for 9 points and 2 steals for the Hawks. CBU hit 12-28 from the floor (42.9%).

A span of turnovers kept the gap CBU created off of the break from going into double-digits, but it wasn't long until SDC's 30% second half shooting began to build. While SDC's shooting went cold, CBU boasted a 58.1% from the field with 28 penetration points coming from Vasciunaite and Renetha Burton, the difference in the game. CBU's height down low helped them out rebound the Hawks 42 to 26, also finding the open man 23 times to SDC's 5.

Senior Melissa Villalobos knocked down 11 points in the half, going 6-7 at the line. She also had 2 rebounds and 4 steals to her name.Thomas finished with 15 points, going 5-7 from the field and 5-6 at the line. In thirty-five minutes she pocketed three assists and three steals as well. Robinson closed out with 14 points, hitting 3-6 from three point land. Both freshman Alexa Davison and junior Juanita Lewis had five rebounds on the night. Lewis also had 4 steals.

SDC starts a two game road stint starting at Westmont College on Saturday. Game time is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm. For LiveStats, click here. For video, click here.

Hawks Come Up Short vs No. 18 Eagles

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Sat., Jan. 8, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
La Mirada, Calif. -- San Diego Christian fell 72-61 on Saturday night to the No. 18 ranked Biola University Eagles. The Eagles are now 15-1 overall and 5-1 in GSAC while the Hawks fall to 1-4 in conference and 7-9 overall.

In the opening 10 minutes, BU scored 8 of 12 points off the Hawks 5 turnovers, proposing a frustrating night for the Hawks. SDC rallied with the help of 83% free throw shooting and BU's then 38% shooting from the field, to stay within two at 18-16 with 5:55 to go. But a 9-0 BU run deflated the Hawks forward momentum, closing out the half down 31-24.

SDC shot 34.8% (8-23) from the field in the first with senior Aaron Felix scoring 8 points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt and 3-4 FT) and junior Xavier Mylleville and senior Viktor Asaciovas pulling down 4 rebounds a piece. BU was 12-27 from the field (44.4%).

Off the break, BU extended their lead to 13 (51-38), holding the double-digit margin with the help of SDC fouls, putting BU at the line
six times in a minute and a half (59-40). With 4 minutes to go, SDC pulled within 8 (61-53) on a 7-0 run only to be nudged out by Biola's
clutch closing shots, 72-61.

Felix ended the game with 15 points, hitting 4-7 from the field. Junior Tim Sanders had 11 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and Mylleville had the team high 6 rebounds.

The Hawks shot 41% from the field (20-49) while BU hit 25 of 53 shots (47%) and 21 of 28 free throws. SDC led the game in steals (6), but the 25 team fouls allowed BU the opportunity to pull away from the Hawks by way of the charity stripe.

SDC continues GSAC play on Tuesday, January 11 at home, hosting California Baptist University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm following the women's game.

No. 7 BU Takes 79-61 Win

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Sat., Jan. 8, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
La Mirada, Calif. -- Gaining the early lead, the No. 7 Biola University Eagles handed the Hawks their fourth GSAC loss of the season, 79-61. Biola boasts an 12-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in GSAC. The Hawks are now 1-4 in conference and 6-8 overall.

Biola took the upper hand with 15:32 to go at 8-7, distancing themselves quickly with the help of a few turnovers and the 21% (6-28) shooting from the Hawks. BU was 42% from the field, posting 10 assists off the fast break and in the paint to their 37-21 halftime lead.

Melissa Villalobos was 6-6 from the free throw line, hitting a three as well as collecting 2 steals. Eagle Jessilyn Conicelli had 12 points (16.5ppg) and 10 rebounds (11.0rpg) to lead BU. As a team, BU pulled down a 29 rebounds, 14 offensive, and 24 points in the paint. This season BU has outrebounded their opponents by 8.6 rebounds per game.

BU had built a 57-35 lead just over 8 minutes into the second. SDC knocked down 9 straight points (57-44), but BU continued to inch ahead keeping the Hawks at a double-digit distance through to the 79-61 win.

Villalobos topped out the night at 16 points (4-11 FG, 7-8 FT) 4 steals, 2 rebounds and an assist. Brittany Robinson (5-11 FG) and Juanita Lewis (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) both had 11 points, with Robinson also collecting 9 rebounds. SDC improved in the second half, bumping their shooting percentage to 32.8% (21-64) by games end, but BU however, finished shooting 45% (27-60) from the field and 73% from the line (22-30).

Eagles Jennifer French and Conicelli finished with 22 points, while Conicelli also had the game high rebounds with 19, 10 of those coming on the offensive board before fouling out.

SDC hosts California Baptist University on Tuesday (Jan. 11) night at 5:30pm. CBU is currently ranked 17th in NAIA Division I with an 12-4, 5-1 record.

Cold Second Half Gives PLNU Win

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Tues., Jan. 4, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- Point Loma Nazarene University, who had received votes in the last NAIA national top 25 poll, took the first 2011 GSAC game on Tuesday night, 72-62. The Sea Lions improve to 8-6 overall, 2-3 in GSAC and the Hawks drop to 7-8 overall with a now 1-4 record in the conference.

Three Hawks senior Jason Starr (14), junior Benji Arvizu (13) and senior Tyler Mutton (12) ended in double-digits in the effort with Arvizu shooting 4-6 from the field and 5-5 from the line. PLNU also had three players enter double-digits, with James Hancock going 8-10 from the field and sinking 4 of 4 free throws for 20 points.

It was tight off the tip with PLNU pulling to tie the game three times before the Hawks took control with 13:58 to play on a three by Starr. SDC piggy backed on his lead hitting 6 straight shots to an 11 point lead at 29-18, shooting 50.0% (12-24) from the field and 54.4% (6-11) from the three in the half.

PLNU was hot out of the locker room for 6 straight points, taking the 34-27 halftime score and turning it into a 35-34 lead at the 14 minute mark. They carried that fire for the next 11 minutes, allowing SDC to get within 4 points (61-57) with 2:32 remaining. It looked as if it might turn around for SDC but the Sea Lions exploded out of the Hawks timeout scavenging 7 points in a minute to ice the eventual 72-62 win.

SDC shot 41.5% on the court and tailed off on the three's with only 9 in the game. Mutton had 4 of those three's for the Hawks. Loma ended the night shooting 27-49 from the field.

No. 18 Biola hosts SDC on Saturday, January 8, at 7:30pm in their first of two season match ups. The game can be watched live by visiting the BU Eagles website at: Biola Athletics


Hawks Downed by Sea Lions

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Tues., Jan. 4, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- A solid cross town rivalry took place on Tuesday night against Point Loma Nazarene with both teams sporting a pregame 6-6, 1-3 GSAC record. Despite a near double-double from Brittany Robinson, PLNU took the game 65-60. Point Loma is now 7-6 overall and 2-3 in conference while SDC drops to 6-7 overall and 1-4 in the GSAC.

PLNU and SDC exchanged leads two times a piece with the Hawks creating the biggest gap at 8 points on a three from Robinson with 6:05 to go (21-13). It wasn't long before the Sea Lions bounded back on an 11-0 run starting at 3:48 to take a 27-24 lead into the half.

Robinson had 12 points in the first, hitting 3-6 three-point shots, but as a whole the Hawks shot a mere 22.6% (7-31). Loma wasn't too far ahead, posting a 37% shooting average (10-27) with their top point scorer, Brianna Colon having 15 points (12.5ppg).

Point Loma held a single digit lead through the first 9 minutes of the second, finding themselves behind for a short period at 46-45 after freshman Heather Serven hit her second three of the night. Two three's from PLNU's leading scorers, Colon and Crissa Jackson opened the run for the 65-60 Sea Lion win.

PLNU turned their game up in the second half, outshooting SDC 54.2% (13-24) to 30.0% (9-30). SDC closed out the game having made only 26.2% of their shots. It was the 23 points off of free throws that kept SDC in the running with Robinson having 11 of SDC's game opportunities at the line.

Robinson hit 3 of 9 three's finishing with 16 points, 9 rebounds and a steal. Junior Jasmin Thomas finished with 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.

SDC takes to the road for the first time since early December for their first meeting with No. 7 Biola University on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30pm in La Mirada.

74-53 Win Over Houghton

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Sat., Jan. 1, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian Lady Hawks defeated the now 5-7, 1-3 AMC Houghton College (NY) on Saturday in their last nonconference contest, 74-53. The Hawks enter the bulk of their conference games with a 6-6 overall record, looking to tack on more wins to their 1-3 GSAC record in the coming weeks.

Junior Brittany Robinson, averaging 14.6 points per game, put down a double-double scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (6-12 FG, 4-6 3PT), also pocketing 3 assists. Senior Melissa Villalobos, who is currently ranked 5th in NAIA Division I women's basketball in steals per game, bumped her per game average to 4.0 with 6 steals. She also had 3 assists and a block.

San Diego Christian started off a little shaky, finding the Highlanders ahead 10-7 (14:01) on a jumper from Jennifer Hudson who led HC with 20 points and 3 steals. Junior Michelle Gonzalez's firey play picked up the SDC pace to move past the 12-12 tie. Gonzalez was 3-5 from the field and 1-2 from downtown for 8 points, three rebounds and a steal.

The Hawks welcomed the help of Houghton's 16 first half turnovers, scoring 26 points off the turnover, building a 20 point lead (41-21) that they carried into the locker room.

The first was the better shooting half for the Hawks (17-38, 44.7%), with minimal fouls and 50.0%, 4-8 from the three. Houghton's Ashley Dupler (9.7rpg) had 8 of her game 13 rebounds at half. Houghton shot 37% from the field, hitting 10 of 27 attempts.

The second half had Houghton back within ten after a 16-6 run at 12:34. It looked as if HC was on the road to retaking the lead when the shots started falling again for SDC, carrying them through the remainder of the game with a double-digit lead.

Neither team had overwhelming success at the free throw line with Houghton hitting 9 of their 19 opportunities and SDC only 10 of their 18. Both teams also hovered around the low 40's in shooting percentage. In the end, turnovers and the points SDC bucketed off of those posession changes made the difference.

SDC takes on Point Loma Nazarene University on Tuesday, Janurary 4 to resume GSAC conference play. The tip-off is scheduled for 5:30pm in the Ryan Athletic Center.

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