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GCU Women’s Club Basketball extends win streak to 4

January 31, 2020

By: Julie Laugel/GCU Staff

GCU Women’s Club Basketball Team 1 snagged their fourth win in a row with a 66-63 victory over Arizona Christian University on Monday night.  win upped their record to 4-2 in Arizona Women’s Basketball League (AWBL) play.

GCU’s Team 2 suffered a 76-44 loss to ACU on Saturday morning, dropping them to 0-5 in AWBL.

GCU Team 1 66, ACU 63

After a tight first quarter, the Lopes came out with two 3-pointers to spark a 13-0 run over ACU in the second quarter.

“At the end of the first half, the girls really stuck with the game plan, and we were able to finish the quarter with a big 3-pointer from (Lopes’ forward) Na’Lon (Smith),” said GCU Head Coach Kyle Speed.

GCU led the rest of the way.

“Coming back from break, we had a moment to really come together and realize that our goals are still attainable,” said Speed. “My leaders have done a great job of stepping up and taking charge.”

Angela Shasha and Cassandra Ibarra led the Lopes’ offense with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“Daeja Banner really is starting to become an all-around point guard for the team, and Jenny Albano’s energy bleeds onto other players,” said Speed. “Both girls are seniors, and have been in the program for four years, so seeing them take the lead has been a dream come true.”

With only three more games left before the AWBL Playoffs, the Lopes have two weeks to prepare for their next opponent.

”I would love to see us continue to get better at the little things, such as boxing out, communicating on defense and closing out games when we have our opponents down,” said Speed.

ACU 76, GCU Team 2 44

GCU’s Team 2 stuck with the Firestorm for the first half of the game, trailing by only three points (31-28) heading into halftime. After the intermission, the Firestorm’s offense picked up, and their defense held the Lopes to just 16 second-half points. Kyle Banzuela was the sole player to score in double-digits for the Lopes with 14 points.

GCU’s Team 2 resumes AWBL play this Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 am in the Canyon Activity Center where they will once again face Arizona Christian University.

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