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Knights Open PCAC Season With 64-59 Win Over Mesa


San Diego City's women's basketball team held on for a 64-59 home win over San Diego Mesa in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season opener on Wednesday night. Darrian Castillo made 11-of-12 free throws and totaled a team-high 15 points. Mia Torres had an impressive 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Knights who have now won four of their last five games.

It looked as though the Knights were going cruise to a victory after jumping out to a 19-10 in the first half, but Mesa changed the tone of the game in a hurry. The Olympians went on a 13-4 run to even the game at 23-23. The Knights, however, closed the first half with a 5-0 run of their own, including a three-pointer by Nyadoup Lam to beat the halftime buzzer. 

The Knights scored the first four points of the second half to regain their 9-point lead, but Mesa was not going to go away. The Olympians, who were led by Kimberly Scott's game-high 24 points, battled back and cut City's lead down to three points on three different occasions in the final four minutes. 

Fortunately for the Knights, they had Castillo who saved the day by converting 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to help secure their second win in a row. 

Lam finished the game with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Warren also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

SDCC improved to 6-7 on the season and 1-0 in the PCAC. They play at Southwestern on Friday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.