Tue., Jan 17th, 2012 [box score
]Fullerton, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a combined 44 points from Junior Brittany Daniel and Sophomore Hannah Miller, and a dominating 19-6 run over the final 10 minutes of the game, to propel themselves to a 64-50 victory over Hope International University on Tuesday night.
“Late in the game, we buckled down on the defense,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We played with great composure offensively and converted our opportunities.”
Daniel led the way with 27 points and 16 rebounds. The double-double was the third is as many games for the San Diego native. Over the past four games, Daniel is averaging 25.5 points per game and 11 rebounds per game to lead SDC.
The win moves SDC to 14-5 overall and 3-4 in the GSAC. HIU falls to 4-15 and 1-6 in the GSAC.
The first half saw both teams slug it out, with neither able to take a large advantage. HIU jumped up early, with the Lady Hawks responding to take their largest lead of the first half at 23-20 when Jasmin Thomas grabbed an offensive board and put the ball back in. The Lady Royals responded with an 8-0 run to take their largest advantage of the half at 28-23. SDC came back and tied it at 29-29 before HIU scored the last five points of the first half to take a 34-29 lead into the break.
HIU held the lead for much of the second half, and even as late as the 10:49 mark, when a layup from Daniel gave SDC the lead for good. Over the next 10:49, the Lady Hawks would outscore the Lady Royals 19-6. SDC was sparked off the bench by Miller, who scored 11 of the team’s points during that run.
“Hannah has been big for us all year,” added Coach Dillon. “She brings a lot to the team that we need both offensively and with her energy.”
In addition to Daniel and Miller, Senior Thomas dropped in 14 points for SDC.
The Lady Hawks struggled in the first half from the field, shooting only 30.8%. SDC picked it up in the second half, going 15-32 from the field while holding HIU to only 23.1% shooting (6-26).
SDC also won the rebounding battle 52-37.
Dillon praised her team’s will after the game, stating, “We are finally learning end the game situations and how to pull through the close games.”
SDC continues play at Azusa Pacific on Friday, January 20th with a 5:30pm scheduled tip.