Tue., Nov 29th, 2011Irvine, Calif.--
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team battled back from 13 points down in the second half to take the lead with just over one minute left in the game, only to see the comeback fall short in a 60-57 loss to Concordia University in the GSAC opener for both teams Tuesday night.
"We came out sloppy and slow," said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. "There were a few spurts where we played our running game and executed offensively, but it wasn't enough.
The Lady Hawks started slow, falling behind 8-0 to start the game. SDCC responded with a 12-5 run to cut the lead to one with 8:00 left in the first half. Concordia was able to maintain the lead and stretch it out to 27-20 at the intermission.
The second half began much like the first half began, with Concordia coming out of the locker room on a 10-4 run to build their lead to their largest at 37-24 with 15:23 left in the game. The Lady Hawks bounced back with a small 13-4 run sparked by a pair of Michelle Gonzalez layups and a Brittany Daniel jumper. SDCC tied the game for the first time with 7:58 remaining on a pair of Jermani Stewart free throws.
The Eagles scored the next six points, but the Lady Hawks continued to fight back with consecutive buckets from Jasmin Thomas, and were able to take their first lead of the game when Daniel converted the old fashioned three point play by knocking down a free throw after getting fouled on a made layup with only 3:37 left in the game.
After the Eagles took the lead back, SDCC’s Brittany Robinson gave SDCC the lead again on a layup with just over 2:00 left in the game. Concordia responded again to move back in front, but the Lady Hawks would not give in, with Heather Serven (pictured left) scoring to put SDCC up 57-56 with 1:12 remaining. The lead would not remain, however, with Concordia taking the lead for good with a bucket at the :55 mark. SDCC had an opportunity, but Daniel was whistled for an offensive foul, giving the ball back to the Eagles. After missing the front end of the 1-and-1, SDCC moved the ball up the court, but a steal and layup gave CU a 60-57 lead and put the game away.
The Lady Hawks were led by Serven with 23 points (5-11 from the three point line). Hannah Miller and Daniel added 9 points, while Stewart grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Lady Hawks continue early GSAC play on Saturday, hosting The Master’s College at 5:30pm.