LA MIRADA, Calif.-For the second time this season, the San Diego Christian College women's basketball team and Biola University competed in a closely contested game. And for the second time this season, the Lady Hawks were victorious, sweeping the season series with a 66-57 win over the Eagles on Tuesday night.
San Diego Christian improves to 13-12 overall and 5-4 in the GSAC. Biola falls to 11-13 and 2-7 in conference play.
"Our full-court defense was outstanding tonight," said San Diego Christian head coach Kelsey Dillon. "We had a well-balanced offensive attack and made our free throws at clutch times."
"We still have areas of improvement, but we have made some big steps defensively and internally as a team."
The first half saw Biola jump out in front 10-4 over the first five minutes of play. San Diego Christian battled back and took the lead, going on a 19-5 run over a ten minute stretch midway through the half to claim a 29-19 lead with 4:51 remaining in the half.
The Eagles then went on a run of their own, closing out the half with a 14-5 run to cut the San Diego Christian lead to 34-33 heading into the locker room.
Both teams shot well in the first half, with San Diego Christian connecting on 13-28 shots (46.4%) and Biola making 13-27 (48.1%). Chardonnay Shula led the Lady Hawks with 10 first-half points and had four steals. Adijat Adams nearly had a double-double at halftime with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
The second half went back and forth nearly the entire time, with neither team able to build a lead larger than four until the final minute. In all, the second half saw six ties and four lead changes.
Hannah Miller sparked the Lady Hawks right out of the break, scoring the first seven San Diego Christian points of the second half.
With neither team able to go on a run and take command, the big shot of the game came from the Lady Hawks' Heather Serven. With San Diego Christian leading 57-56 with less than a minute to play, San Diego Christian's Arlene Kaleopa drove baseline, drawing defenders toward her. Kaleopa was able to kick the ball to Serven at the top of the key. Serven promptly nailed the triple, giving the Lady Hawks the 60-56 advantage.
Key San Diego Christian defense and free throw shooting sealed the win in the final minute. After Serven's 3-pointer, Brittany Daniel intercepted a pass in the lane and San Diego Christian called timeout. On the inbound, Serven was fouled and converted both free throws. The Lady Hawks then continued their full court press, causing a poor pass that was picked up by Miller, who was then fouled. Miller made both free throws to push the San Diego Christian lead to 64-56. Daniel added free throws late and San Diego Christian claimed the win.
In all, San Diego Christian closed out the game on a 13-2 run.
Daniel, Serven, and Miller led the way in the second half. The three combined to score 25 of the team's 32 second half points and connected on 7-12 shot attempts.
For the game, San Diego Christian had four players score in double figures, Daniel and Serven had 15 points each, Miller had 14 points, and Shula had 10.
The Eagles were paced by Adams, who ended the night with 27 points on 12-15 shooting. Amy Freet added 10 for Biola.
San Diego Christian forced 31 turnovers with 20 steals, leading to 29 points.