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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - GSAC Game #15
Final -
Sunbirds 63, Biola 58

Box score

Fresno - The Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds used 21 points from senior forward Melissa Montoya to forge a 63-58 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Biola University Eagles tonight in the Special Events Center.

FPU pushed a 4-point (33-29) half-time lead to 13 points (51-38) just seven minutes into the second half.

Over the next five minutes, FPU's defense was stretched, but didn't brake as the Eagles climbed back into it with a 13-2 run.

That made it 53-51 FPU with 7:32 to play.

"We tightened up our defense," said FPU head coach Jim Hall. "And we made some shots down the stretch when we needed them. Denise (Fast) and Melissa (Montoya) carried us again, but Kari (Cox) did a great job on both ends of the court."

FPU, now 7-17 overall and 3-13 in GSAC play, also got 15 points from Denise Fast and 13 from Kari Cox. Brooke Stanley pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Eagles (8-16, 4-11) were led by Linda Ogugua's 15 points and nine rebounds. Rachel Dulin added 10 points.

On Thursday the Sunbirds will be in Costa Mesa to face top-ranked Vanguard.

FPU returns to the Special Events Center on Saturday to host The Master's College. Tip-off time in is 2:30 p.m.

Updated Records
Biola: 8-16, 4-11
Sunbirds: 7-17, 3-12

Series
Today's contest was the 54th in a series that dates back to December 3, 1983. FPU now holds a 40-14 advantage.

Next Game
Thursday, February 16 (5:30) - The Sunbirds will be in Costa Mesa to face the Vanguard University Lions.

Next Home Game
Saturday, February 18 (2:30) - The Sunbirds will host The Master's College Mustangs.

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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.

Melissa Montoya launches one of her five 3-pointers against Biola. Montoya had a game-high 21 points to lead the Sunbirds to a 63-58 win.
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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