SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- After trailing by two with 12 seconds left, the San Diego Christian Lady Hawks basketball team needed a big play to overcome their second loss in as many days.
San Diego Christian found that play.
Gabrielle Concepcion hit the game-winning 3-pointer with a second left to defeat University of California-Merced 64-62 in the final game of the Westmont Holiday classic.
The Bobcats converted on both free-throw attempts to take the 62-60 lead after a foul committed by Concepcion. She redeemed herself and hit the 3-pointer assisted by Alexa Davison. Concepcion finished with eight points. Briana Martinez scored a game-high 16 points. Davison and Serven finished with 11 each.
Both teams failed to take a large lead in the first half. The largest lead in the half for San Diego Christian was four. UC Merced's largest lead was just three points with 3:35 remaining in the first. The teams found each other tied 30-30 heading into the break.
The Lady Hawks took control in the start of the second half. They rolled out to a 53-42 advantage with 9:08 remaining left in the game. But the Bobcats came clawing back with a 9-0 run to get within two points.
The only lead UC Merced held was with 12 seconds left before Concepcion hit the eventual game-winning shot.
With the win, San Diego Christian improves to 8-3 and UC Merced falls to 1-9.
For the game, SDC shot 45.3 (24-of-53) percent from the field including 9-of-23 (39.1percent) from beyond the arc. The Bobcats shot 33.3 (19-of-57) percent and 44 percent from deep. The Lady Hawks held a slight 36-35 rebound advantage in the game.
San Diego Christian will play a scrimmage against Saint Katherine College on Jan. 4 and travel to Bethesda University on Jan. 6 tipping off at 7 p.m.