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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - GSAC Game #10
Hope International 54, FPU 51

Box Score

Fresno - Senior Denise Fast led all players with 20 points, but it wasn't quite enough as the host Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds fell 54-51 to the Hope International University Royals in a Golden State Athletic Conference game tonight in the Special Events Center.

Fast was the only Sunbirds player to reach double figures and also led the hosts with nine rebounds, three assists and five steals.

"This is frustrating," said FPU head coach Jim Hall. "You want to protect your home court. When you fell like you have a game you can win and you don't get it done, it is frustrating. We created chances and gave ourselves a chance to win, but when you shoot 29 percent in the second half you just aren't going to beat anybody."

FPU trailed by 11 points, 50-39, with 4:41 to play. They closed the gap to four points (52-48) with 1:14 left, but turned the ball over on consecutive possessions.

A pair of free throws by Carly Andrews with 4.5 seconds remaining made it 54-48. Melissa Montoya's 3-pointer appeared to leave her hand after the final buzzer sounded, but was called good by the trailing official for the final three point margin (54-51).

Malerie Rodrigues led the Royals, now 11-8 overall and 4-6 in GSAC play, with 13 points. Andrews finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds as did Sara Lycans-Roy.

Montoya ended the game with nine points for FPU.

The Sunbirds will begin the second half of GSAC play in Irvine on Saturday when they face Concordia.

The next home game is a week from tonight, Tuesday, January 31, when the Sunbirds host California Baptist. Tip-off time in the Special Events Center is 5:30 p.m.

Updated Records
Hope International: 11-8, 4-6 (W1)
Sunbirds: 5-14, 1-9 (L1)

Updated Series
Tonight's contest was the 17th in a series that dates back to November 20, 1988. Tonight's win by the Royals is their first.

Next Game
Saturday, January 28 (2:30) - The Sunbirds will travel to Irvine to take on The Concordia University Eagles.

Next Home Game
Tuesday, January 31 (5:30) - The Sunbirds will host the California Baptist University Lancers


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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