Sat., Feb 11th, 2012 [box score]
Fresno, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a balanced effort and strong defense down the stretch to win on the road at Fresno Pacific 68-64.
SDC moves to 18-8 overall and 7-7 in the GSAC. With the win, the Lady Hawks move into a three way tie for fourth place in the GSAC with Point Loma Nazarene and Biola. The win also sets the school record for wins in a season. The previous record was 17 by the 1999-2000 squad.
“The win is exciting and I am proud of the girls,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon about the record setting win. “We are looking forward to what the rest of the season brings.”
Both teams went back and forth early, with neither team able to stretch the lead out. The Lady Hawks took command with an 8-0 run to take a 25-17 lead with 5:17 left in the first half. FPU was able to cut into the lead, but a Brittany Daniel layup and free throw put SDC up 30-23 at intermission.
The second half saw a back and forth battle, as there were seven ties and ten lead changes. FPU came out of the locker room and promptly cut the SDC lead to 31-30 after a 7-1 run. Neither team was able to take command as the largest lead of the second half was 42-38 by the Sunbirds at the 11:17 mark.
FPU was able to take the lead 61-58 on a pair of free throws with 1:26 remaining in the game. SDC’s Jasmin Thomas then drove into the lane and was fouled while making the layup. Thomas then knocked down the free throw to tie the game at 61-61. After a missed three pointer by FPU, Daniel was fouled and made both free throws to push SDC in front 63-61.
After FPU tied the game up at 63-63, SDC’s Brittany Robinson was fouled and converted 1-2 free throws to put the Lady Hawks in front 64-63 with :06 left in the game. On the inbounds, Michelle Gonzalez stole the ball for the Lady Hawks and was fouled with :04 on the clock.
After the foul and as Gonzalez lined up for the free throw, SDC Coach Kelsey Dillon was called for a technical foul. FPU made both free throws to go in front 65-64. Gonzalez then lined up and calmly hit both free throws to send SDC back into the lead. On the ensuing inbound play, FPU was unable to inbound the ball within the allotted five seconds, and SDC forced a turnover. The Lady Hawks inbounded the ball to Hannah Miller, who made both free throws to put SDC in front 68-65. A last second shot by FPU’s Kayla Clement fell short as time expired.
The Lady Hawks were led by Daniel and Robinson with 14 points each, while Jermani Stewart added 10 points and 8 rebounds.
The Lady Hawks forced 21 turnovers, leading to 19 points.
“We have to keep improving,” added Dillon. “We still have things we need to work on, but we are learning how to win no matter what.”
The Lady Hawks continue their season, hosting Hope International on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to tip at 5:30pm.