Women’s basketball jumps through hoops to finish season

Ane Olaeta, graduate student, passes to her teammate Britney Thomas to help them win against Chicago State. Elijah Hickman

The California Baptist University women’s basketball team has been continuing to build on its unprecedented 2020-21 season, with a strong showing against conference and non-conference foes all season.

The Lancers opened the season with a game Nov. 9 against their cross-town rivals, the University of California, Riverside, Highlanders. They played hard and finished the game with a win of 62-59.

The CBU women’s basketball team then traveled to Corvallis, Oregon, on Nov. 17 to play the then No. 15 team in NCAA college basketball, the Oregon State Beavers. The Lancer women fought hard but ultimately lost to Oregon State, 72-80.

The team then returned home to Riverside to play the University of California, Irvine, Anteaters in the CBU Events Center. After an exciting match that went into overtime, the Lancers came out on top with a win, 93-88, on Nov. 20.

The CBU women’s basketball team traveled to Moraga, California, to play the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gauchos and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in the Saint Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic tournament on Nov. 26 and 27. The Lancer women took home both wins against their opponents, winning 68-56 and 91-77, respectively.

The Lancers competed at home against Pepperdine University and San Diego State University on Dec. 2 and Dec. 8, respectively. CBU beat Pepperdine 63-57 but fell to the SDSU Aztecs 77-78 in a nail-biting game.

On Dec. 11, the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks hosted the CBU women’s basketball team. The Lancers won with a score of 89-73. A few days later, on Dec. 14, the University of California, San Diego Tritons lost to CBU at home, with the Lancers winning by one point, 74-73.

The CBU women’s basketball team continued their travels and went to Santa Clara for a game against Santa Clara University on Dec. 18; the Lancers beat their opponents 58-54. Finishing up their final game of 2021, the team journeyed to San Luis Obispo to complete California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo on Dec. 21. The CBU Lancers closed out the year with an exciting win in overtime, 66-64.

Now in the new year, the CBU women’s basketball team has played a slew of games against Western Athletic Conference foes. Starting with Chicago State on Jan. 8, the Lancers beat the Cougars at home in Riverside, 73-60. They then played the Dixie State Trailblazers in St. George and won again, 88-60, on Jan. 13.

The Lancers stayed in Utah to play against Utah Valley in Orem on Jan. 15. CBU took the win, 83-68. They then traveled to Seattle, to play against Seattle University on Jan. 17; the Lancers won again, 76-66.

After coming home to Riverside, the CBU women’s basketball team hosted Tarleton and Abilene Christian, new additions to the WAC, on Jan. 20 and 22, respectively. The Lancers won against both opponents, beating Tarleton 85-69 and Abilene Christian 77-71.

The team went on the road to Texas, where they faced new WAC opponents in Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 27 and Jan. 29. The Lancers dropped both games, with scores of 65-73 and 62-79, respectively.

The CBU women’s basketball team returned home, where they hosted New Mexico State and Grand Canyon University. The Lancers decisively beat the Aggies on Feb. 3, 92-64, but lost against GCU on Feb. 5 with a score of 52-61.

On Feb. 10, the CBU team traveled back to Texas to play against Lamar University. The Lancers won against Lamar, 71-56. They then stayed in-state to play University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and decisively defeated UTRGV with a score of 94-78.

The CBU women’s basketball team will play against GCU again on Feb. 17, Seattle on Feb. 19, Dixie State on Feb. 24 and Utah Valley on Feb. 26. The Seattle, Dixie State and Utah Valley games will be at home.

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