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Friday, December 30, 2005 - GSAC Challenge
Cedarville, Ohio 73, FPU 61
(At the Master's College, Santa Clarita)

Box score

Santa Clarita - The Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds had a big fish the line, but couldn't set the hook.

The Sunbirds raced out to a 21-7 lead over the Cedarville University of Ohio, but eventually lost 73-61 on the second and final day of the Golden State Athletic Conference Challenge in Santa Clarita.

"I am real pleased with our effort," said FPU head coach Jim Hall. "This is the hardest, most intense, we have played all year. We missed a bunch of close-range shots today and that cost us. We will need to improve our offensive execution."

Kari Cox led the Sunbirds, now 4-7 on the season, with 12 points and nine rebounds. Denise Fast added 11 points.

Brittany Smart led the Yellow Jackets (11-3), currently ranked #2 in the NAIA Division II poll, with 23 points and eight rebounds.

The Sunbirds return to GSAC action on Tuesday when they travel to Santa Barbara to take on Westmont.

The next home game is Saturday, January 7, when FPU hosts Point Loma Nazarene University. Tip-off time in the Special Events Center is 2:30 p.m.

Updated Records
Cedarville (#2 NAIA Div. II): 11-3
Sunbirds: 4-7

This is the first game between the two teams.

Next Game
Tuesday, January 3, 2006 (5:30) - The Sunbirds return to GSAC action in Santa Barbara where they will face the Westmont College Warriors.

Next Home Game
Saturday, January 7 (2:30) - The Sunbirds will host the Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions.


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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