El Cajon, Calif.—Coming off the disappointing loss on Saturday night, the San Diego Christian College women's basketball team responded in a big way, knocking off Cal State San Marcos 66-60 on Tuesday night.
"Our focus coming into tonight was to play a full 40 minutes of effort, which we did not do on Saturday," said San Diego Christian Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. "Our intensity was there tonight the entire game."
The first half was truly a back and forth affair, with three ties and four lead changes. The Cougars opened up their biggest lead at 19-13 with 8:11 remaining in the half. The Lady Hawks responded with a 12-2 run to take their biggest lead of the first half at 25-21 with only 2:34 on the clock. Cal State San Marcos then finished the half scoring the final seven points to take a 28-25 advantage at the break.
San Diego Christian came out of the locker room and went on a 16-5 run to build a 41-33 lead with 15:04 remaining. The Lady Hawks would continue to build the lead and held their largest advantage of the game at 46-37 when Heather Serven converted an old fashioned three point play.
The Cougars responded with a 13-4 run over the next three minutes to tie the game at 50-50 with 10:31 on the clock.
Both teams continued to exchange baskets, until a late run put the Lady Hawks in control with a 63-57 lead and only 1:48 on the clock.
San Marcos would not go away, and the Cougars' Danielle Copper converted a three point play to make it a one possession game at 63-60 with 1:21 left in the game.
After draining the shot clock, San Diego Christian could not convert on their end. San Marcos then attacked the basket, but Miller was able to strip the ball for a timely steal.
Miller was then fouled and converted 1-2 freethrows to make it a two possession game at 64-60. After a timeout, an errant pass from the Cougars sailed out of bounds. San Diego Christian was able to quickly move the ball up the floor to avoid getting fouled and Ashley Mason's layup with only :06 on the clock sealed the win for the Lady Hawks.
"In the first half we made a lot of careless mistakes which led to turnovers and easy baskets," Dillon said. "The second half we limited those mistakes and really got ourselves together. After that spurt in the second half where we traded baskets, we buckled down on defense and were able to get some key stops."
Serven led San Diego Christian with 19 points. Chardonnay Shula added 12 points and Mason had 11. Irene Lopez contributed a well-rounded game with 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks.
"This was a solid win," added Dillon. "Cal State San Marcos is a good team and we needed to play well tonight to bounce back from Saturday."
"This win gives us confidence and we are looking forward to getting back on the court again Saturday."
San Diego Christian's next game welcomes Bethesda University to campus on Saturday, December 8. Game time is 5:30pm.