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Saturday, November 26, 2005 - FPU Holiday Classic - Fresno, California
Game 3 - Vanguard 87, William Jessup 27
Box score

Fresno - The Vanguard University Lions did little this weekend to dissuade anyone in Fresno that they are the real deal and full value for their top ranking in the NAIA Preseason Poll.

This afternoon the Lions humbled the William Jessup University Warriors in an 87-27 blowout in the first game of the final day of FPU's Holiday Classic.

Jessica Richter poured in enough points to win the game all by herself. The 5' 10" sophomore from Missoula, Montana, a transfer from Syracuse University, scored 36 points, pulled down nine rebounds, had six steals, three assists and no turnovers. Kelly Schmidt added 17 points and six rebounds, while Lindsey Rinke chipped in with 14 points. Tiari Goold passed out 15 assists.

The Lions led 41-12 after 20 minutes. It didn't change much in the second half as the Lions out-scored the Warriors 46-15 in the final 20 minutes.

Game 4 - FPU 71, Bethany 42
Box score

Fresno - A nine minute stretch midway through the contest turned a close game into a romp for the host Sunbirds.

Fresno Pacific used 19 points from Kari Cox and 10 more from Alissa Ingallina to forge a 71-42 win over the Bethany University Bruins in the final game of the 2005 Holiday Classic.

With FPU up by six, 26-20, and three minutes to play in the first half, Cox went to work. The sophomore from Bend , Oregon hit a couple of free throw, then scored consecutive baskets, before teammate Brooke Stanley drained a 3-pointer. Cox scored two more buckets for a 10-points contribution to a 13-4 run.

That pushed FPU's lead to 16 points at the break (40-24).

The first six minutes of the second half were more of the same as FPU started with a 12-2 run. That made it 52-26, and for all intent and purpose, it was over.

"We played better again tonight," said FPU head coach Jim Hall. "I was pleased with our intensity for most of the game. We had a couple of lapses, but we are getting stronger. The trick will be for us to accelerate the learning curve."

Sarah Kritscher led the Bruins with 10 points.

The Sunbirds have seven days to get ready for their Golden State Athletic Conference opener. That is next Saturday in Riverside against California Baptist.

The next home game for the Sunbirds will be on Tuesday, December 6, when Concordia will be in the Special Events Center. Tip-off time is 5:30 p.m.


Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.

2005-06 RESULTS
CSU Fresno
L 46-91
Holy Names (T)
W 64-57
Oregon Tech (T)
Trevecca Naz (T)
Olivel Naz (T)
St. Xavier (T)
California Baptist * L 59-72
CONCORDIA * L 57-66 4-5, 0-2
Lubbock Christian, TX L 59-80 4-6
Cedarville, Ohio
Westmont * L 69-87 4-8, 0-3
Biola *
The Master's * L 59-65 4-12, 0-7
San Diego Christian * W 70-64 5-13, 1-8
HOPE INTER * L 51-54 5-14, 1-9
Concordia * L 62-70 5-15, 1-10
CAL BAPTIST * W 60-46 6-15, 2-10
WESTMONT * 6-16, 2-11
Pt Loma Naz * 6-17, 2-12
BIOLA * 7-17, 3-12
Vanguard * 7-18, 3-13
THE MASTER'S * 7-19, 3-14
Azusa Pacific * 7-20, 3-15
SAN DIEGO CHR * 8-20, 4-15
Hope International * Lot 77-80 8-21, 4-16
* GSAC contest

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