Sat., Dec 17th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --
It took an extra five minutes of overtime, but the San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team moved to 8-2 on the season with a 69-66 victory over Menlo College on Saturday evening. The win marks the second time this season that the Lady Hawks have won four games in a row and was an important win as it was the last non-conference home game.
"This was a big win for us," said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. "Menlo is a good team, and this victory was important moving forward."
The first half was an even battle for much of the time, with neither team expanding their lead past four points. MC went on an 11-4 run over a four minute stretch to build a 29-20 lead with 3:41 left in the first half. The Lady Hawks responded with consecutive buckets by Junior Brittany Daniel (pictured left) and free throws from Brittany Robinson and Jermani Stewart to close the half on a 7-0 run and cut the Oaks’ lead to 29-27.
The second half saw MC move in front and hold the lead until a pair of Stewart baskets put SDC in front 47-43 with 11:13 remaining in regulation. The Lady Hawks built their lead to seven at 59-52 with just over five minutes left. SDC then went cold, watching MC take a 60-59 lead with 1:46 left.
After a turnover, MC was working to run the clock. With the shot clock running down, Juanita Lewis jumped in front of an Erika Garcia pass to steal the ball and SDC called a timeout, trailing by one. On the ensuing inbound pass, Lewis attacked the basket and was fouled going up for shot. After missing the first free throw, Lewis calmly knocked down the second. SDC forced a turnover on the next possession, with just :05 seconds remaining. A desperation heave from Heather Serven fell short and the game headed to overtime.
The Lady Hawks never trailed in the overtime period, with Lewis scoring seven of the team’s nine overtime points. Lewis drilled a three pointer to push SDC up 67-63, only to see MC continue to battle. A pair of Daniel free throws pushed SDC in front by three, and a last second three point attempt was blocked by Daniel and SDC claimed the win.
Daniel led SDC with 23 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Stewart had 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Robinson had 8 points and hauled in a team high 14 rebounds. Off the bench, Lewis had 8 of the team’s final 10 points and grabbed 6 boards.
"The bottom line is that we have been able to win these tough games even when we don't play well," said Dillon. "We can fix these things that we have been doing well, so this can be a positive for us."
"This win keeps our momentum going as we head up north this week."
SDC heads to Northern California for a pair of games against Simpson University on Tuesday, December 20th and William Jessup University on December 21st.