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Saturday, January 21, 2006 - GSAC Game #9
Final -
Sunbirds 70, San Diego Christian 64

Sunbirds break 10-game skid with win over Hawks

Box score

El Cajon - Both the host San Diego Christian College Hawks and the visiting Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds entered this afternnoon's Golden State Athletic Conference contest winless in their last 10 games.

Something had to give. In the end it was the Hawks defense.

The Sunbirds, powered by guards Brooke Stanley and Denise Fast, picked up a 70-64 GSAC win this afternoon in El Cajon.

Stanley drained seven consecutive 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 27 points to lead FPU. Fast wasn't far behind with 26 points.

"To be candid," said FPU coach Jim Hall, "Our defense wasn't very good tonight, but we did a great job offensively. They played a 2-3 zone for all but three possessions - because we scored lay-ups on those three possessions - and we were very patient. We worked the ball around their zone until we got good looks for Brooke or Denise. Those two really stepped up tonight."

FPU led 29-27 after 20 minutes of play, but despite building the lead to six points several times, could not shake the hosts.

"We got it up to six a bunch of times," said Hall. "But they kept making shots. We couldn't get any distance on them."

The Hawks elected to foul in the final two minutes, but the strategy did not pay off as Stanley and Fast were good on a combined 9-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final 94 seconds.

Jaime Geagel led the Hawks (1-15, 0-9) with 29 points.

The Sunbirds return to the Special Events Center on Tuesday to host a much-improved team from Hope International University in Fullerton. The Royals were 10-7 overall and 3-5 in GSAC play heading into tonight's contest at top-ranked Vanguard.

Tip-off time in the Special Events Center is 5:30 p.m.

Notes
* Stanley tied the FPU record for consecutive 3-pointers... she now shares the record with Renee Longshore (vs. California Baptist, March 4, 1997) and Stacey Sedwick (vs. Southern California College, February 20, 1999).

* The win ends the longest winless streak in FPU history (previous streak was six losses set during the 1998-99 season)...

Updated Records
Sunbirds: 5-13, 1-8 (W1)
San Diego Christian: 1-15, 0-9 (L11)

Updated Series
This afternoon's contest was the 13th in a series that dates back to January 22, 2000... the Sunbirds have won all 13 games.

Next Game
Tuesday, January 24 (5:30) - The Sunbirds will host the Hope International University Royals.

Next Home Game
Tuesday, January 24 (5:30) - The Sunbirds will host the Hope International University Royals.

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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
Opponent
-Result
Record
CSU Fresno
L 46-91
Holy Names (T)
W 64-57
Oregon Tech (T)
Trevecca Naz (T)
Olivel Naz (T)
St. Xavier (T)
W. JESSUP (T)
BETHANY (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
PT LOMA NAZ *
Biola *
VANGUARD *
The Master's * L 59-65 4-12, 0-7
AZUSA PACIFIC *
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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