Sat., Dec 3rd, 2011 [box score
]El Cajon, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball had a disappointing conference opener on Tuesday night. SDCC responded to defeat The Master’s College 67-62 at home on Saturday night.
The Lady Hawks even their conference record to 1-1 and move to 5-2 overall. TMC falls to 0-1 in the GSAC and 5-4 overall.
“This was a huge game for us and really sets the tone for the rest of the season,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We needed this win after the loss to Concordia. We can go through the rest of our non-conference schedule with confidence and know that we can compete with the GSAC teams come January.”
SDCC start out strong in the first half. After falling behind 3-2, the Lady Hawks never trailed again in the game. SDCC slowly built their lead and used a late 13-5 run, including a pair of free throws from Brittany Robinson and a three point play from Jermani Stewart (pictured left) with less than a minute left, to stretch the lead to 37-26 at halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, Robinson drilled a three pointer off an assist from Heather Serven to give SDCC their biggest lead of the game at 40-26. The Mustangs slowly chipped away at the Lady Hawks lead, and went on a 15-6 run over a seven minute stretch to tie the game at 54-54.
The Lady Hawks then turned to Junior Brittany Daniel. Daniel, limited in the first half due to foul trouble, took control over the next four possessions. On those four possessions, Daniel scored seven points and had an assist to Serven, and gave the Lady Hawks the lead for good. TMC responded with a three pointer to cut the lead to 63-62, but a pair of free throws from Jermani Stewart after her eigth offensive rebound of the game moved SDCC up three, and free throws from Jasmin Thomas and Robinson put the game out of reach.
The Hawks were led by Daniel with 25 points. Stewart was a force inside, scoring 15 points and hauling in 16 rebounds, including 8 offensive boards. Robinson added 11 points.
“We are really excited about getting our first GSAC win,” said Stewart. “This will help us in the upcoming GSAC season.”
“We are always looking to improve and there are things that we need to work on, but this was a great win for us.”
SDCC now heads into the rest of their non-conference schedule for the rest of December.
“We want to use this stretch to continue to improve on our weaknesses and work on the chemistry of the team,” said Dillon. “We have a couple of girls that will be joining the team at the end of the semester, so it is a good time to get them comfortable in the mix.”
SDCC hosts Pacifica College on Wednesday, December 7th at 5:30pm.