EL CAJON, Calif.—A big second half from Brittany Daniel led the San Diego Christian College women's basketball team to a 84-74 win over Concordia University in the Golden State Athletic Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Daniel scored 18 of her game high 26 points in the second half as the Lady Hawks won the first conference tournament game in school history.
San Diego Christian is now 17-14 on the season. Concordia's season ends at 8-21.
"This is a big step for our program," said San Diego Christian head coach Kelsey Dillon. "We made history last season in a few areas and this season we have made more strides forward in the program."
"We are continuing to set the bar higher and higher."
The first half went back and forth with seven ties and ten lead changes. Concordia held the largest lead by either team at 27-21 with 5:07 remaining. San Diego Christian outscored the Eagles 13-6 the remainder of the half, claiming a 34-33 lead at intermission.
Daniel led the Lady Hawks with 8 points at the break. Concordia was sparked by Katie Ogden with 14 points on 6-7 shooting, while Camesha Patten added 9 points in the first 20 minutes.
After a free throw from Irene Lopez gave San Diego Christian a 35-33 lead less than a minute into the second half, Patten's layup at the 19:14 mark would tie the game. San Diego Christian would then reel off a 25-7 run over the next eleven minutes to take their largest lead at 60-42 with 8:30 left in the game.
The Eagles would not quit. With the score 71-53 and just over four minutes on the clock, Concordia went on a 15-6 run to get the deficit back to single digits at 77-68 with :58 left on the clock.
But San Diego Christian made 7-8 free throws in the final minute to seal the game and the win.
Daniel led the way for the Lady Hawks with 26 points and hauled in 9 rebounds. Chardonnay Shula added 12 points and Heather Serven had 10 points.
Ogdon and Patton ended the game with 20 points each, and Melody Chavez added 17 points for the Eagles.
With the win, San Diego Christian heads to No. 1 seed Westmont College on Friday. The Warriors made a historic, undefeated run through the GSAC regular season. The game is set for a 7:30 pm start.
"We know that anything can happen in the conference tournament," said Dillon on play at Westmont. "We have a lot of work to do to go up to Westmont and knock them off, but we are going to put one foot in front of another and keep moving forward."