Tue., Jan 3rd, 2011 [box score
]San Diego, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a dominant second half to defeat crosstown GSAC foe Point Loma Nazarene University 61-43 on Tuesday night on the PLNU campus.
The win was the first since the 1999-2000 season over the Sea Lions. While claiming just a six point advantage at halftime, SDC forced 15 second half PLNU turnovers to blow a close game wide open. The win, the first in a span of 23 games over the Sea Lions, pushed the Lady Hawks winning streak to 10 games.
SDCC moves to 13-2 overall and 2-1 in the GSAC. PLNU falls to 9-5 overall and 0-3 in the GSAC.
“We have shown in our non-conference schedule that we can win,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “This game proves that we can beat good teams and compete with anyone.”
SDC jumped up quickly in the first half with a 7-2 lead, only to see PLNU go on a 15-4 run to take their largest lead at 17-11 with 11:38 remaining in the first half. The Lady Hawks scored the next 11 points to take the lead; a lead that they would never relinquish. SDC pushed their lead to double figures on a Jermani Stewart jumper late in the first half and went into the locker room with a 32-26 lead.
SDC extended their lead back to double figures early in the second half, and held a double figure advantage most of the second half. With 10:55 left in the game, PLNU cut the SDC lead to 47-38, only to witness the Lady Hawks roll off an 8-0 to essentially put the game away. SDC dominated the glass in the second half, grabbing 15 offensive boards, leading to 10 second chance points. In addition, the Lady Hawks forced 15 second half turnovers leading to 11 points.
“We focused on our defensive strategy this week in practice,” added Dillon. “We felt we knew how to defend them and the girls executed exactly what we wanted to do.”
SDC was led by Brittany Robinson (pictured left) with 16 points while Jasmin Thomas added 11 points and 6 assists. Stewart hauled it 11 rebounds.
For the game, SDC controlled the glass, out rebounding PLNU 44-28, including 22-6 on the offensive end. PLNU actually shot a higher percentage from the field (40.0%, 18-45) than SDC (37.3%, 25-67), but the forced turnovers and offensive rebounds allowed SDC to fire off 22 more shots than PLNU (67 to 45).
The Lady Hawks head to Westmont for a matchup with the #5 Lady Warriors on Saturday, January 7th. Coach Dillon looks to have her team prepared, stating, “This win gives us confidence that if we defend and work hard, we can defeat anyone.”
“The girls get up for games against good teams, so I am excited to play Westmont.”