Olson earns 100th victory

Jarrod Olson, head coach of the women’s basketball team at California Baptist University, picked up his 100th career win Nov. 4 against Simon Fraser University.

The Lancers won their first regular season game as part of the NCAA Division II Tip-Off Classic Series in Orange, California. The final score was an 84-77 victory for the Lancers.

He attributed his 100th career win at CBU to the athletes for helping him.

“We were able to do it kind of quick, which is a good thing,” Olson said. “It shows we have had a lot of really good players come through here and allowed us to be successful.”

Olson said the team is trying to figure out their rhythm.

“We have to figure out how things are going to work out,” Olson said. “We have quite a few returners, but it always takes a little time to get things moving the way you want to.”

Olson said the team’s goals are threefold.

“Our goals are to win the PacWest Conference, we want to make the NCAA Tournament and win as many games as we can,” Olson said. “These things are going to be really tough to do, but if we work hard and we come together as a team, we have a good chance to achieve all those.”

Kamille Diaz, senior sociology major and guard, said she feels good about Olson getting his 100th win.

“We have a good group of women who like to win,” Diaz said. “We just go out there and play hard and it just happened.”

Diaz said the team is still working out the kinks but will soon find their groove.

“Once we get everyone on board on the process of winning games, we’re going to be a good team,” Diaz said. “We’re still rebuilding our style of play and chemistry on the court.”

Diaz also said her goal for the team is to play hard this season.

“We improve as the season goes on,” Diaz said. “Coach Olson told us it doesn’t matter how good you are right now, but it’s about how the team can improve in March.”

The women’s basketball team is at a 4-2 start with their regular season. Olson will continue to lead his team with high expectations at their next home game Dec. 3 against Azusa Pacific University.

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