Wed., Oct. 27, 2010 [Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- No. 10 Westminster College (1-0, 0-0 FC) out of Salt Lake City, Utah scooped up the 81-73 win over the Hawks in an exhibition contest on Friday. Despite the loss, San Diego Christian (0-0, 0-0 GSAC) opens the season encouraged, anticipating the coming GSAC schedule.
Junior transfer Brittany Robinson finished 7-12 from the field, 5-9 from three point land for 20 points. She also posted 2 rebounds, 3 assist and 4 steals. Lone senior Melissa Villalobos was 6-11 for 11 points, 2-2 from the line and had 3 assists and 6 steals.
The Hawks took the lead from the tip-off, going up 14-8 on a jumper by Freshman Heather Serven six minutes in. Westminster inched their way back, taking their first lead of the game, 18-17, with nine minutes left. The Griffins would maintain the lead, distancing themselves by as many as seven points. Six team steals and eight of Villalobos' fifteen points came in the last nine minutes, as the Hawks cut the Griffin lead to two at by the half, 37-35.
Villalobos and Robinson carried the Hawks in the first, scoring 12 and 11 points respectively. Westminster's Dani Evans had 18 points, going 9-14 and 4-6 from behind the 3-point line for 24 points by games end.
WC extended their lead to five on an opening three-pointer by Allie Eastman who had the second highest point total for the Griffins with 17. With 14:27 left, SDC capped off an 18-6 run with a Robinson three-pointer, showing a seven point lead. It looked promising for the Hawks, but the two-time defending Frontier Conference champions came from behind, building a 12-point lead and the eventual 81-73 win.
Both the Hawks and Griffins shot 15-24 (62.5%) from the field in the second half. Westminster shot 21-23 from the line (91.3%) while SDC was 7-11 in free throws.
The Hawks go on a long stretch of road games over the next weeks, kicking it off with Pacific Union College. Tip-off is scheduled for Friday, November 5, at 12:00pm in Angwin, California.