By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
The Grand Canyon University Women’s Club Basketball Purple came back in full force in week 9 of the Arizona Women’s Basketball League (AWBL) to defeat Benedictine University, 70-52. At the same time on one of the many courts that the Canyon Activity Center offers, GCU White were defeated by Arizona Christian University Development, 94-53.
GCU Purple 70, Benedictine 52
Coming off their first loss in AWBL play last week, the Lopes came out of the gate for a chance at redemption. The Lopes scored the first two buckets of the game, but several missed GCU layups allowed Benedictine to take the lead before GCU rallied to end the quarter tied at 18-18. In the second quarter, the Lopes set a new tempo, holding the Redhawks without a field goal to blow open the game with a 36-20 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the Lopes maintained their fast-paced tempo to maintain their lead over the Redhawks, 54-36. While the Redhawks made a run early in the fourth, the Lopes kept their composure to shut down Benedictine to gain another win under their belts.
“The energy was great,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Kyle Speed. “I was really proud of the way the girls responded after the slow start in the 1st quarter. In the second quarter, we really turned it up, and from that point on, we were pretty much in control.”
Lopes’ senior Megan Wall led the way in scoring with 21 points, and went 7 for 7 at the free-throw line.
“(She) really had it going for us,” added Speed. “Her senior leadership was much needed.”
Arizona Christian Development 94, GCU White 53
Arizona Christian Development broke out to a big early lead, and never looked back. The Lopes – who only had six players suited out – never led in the game. Lauren De Los Santos and Jayden Bies led the Lopes with 13 points each.
This weekend, GCU Purple will travel to Los Angeles, California, to compete in the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association Regional Tournament (NIRSA). Last year, the Lopes pulled off an impressive comeback to win the NIRSA Regional Tournament, and then reached the quarterfinals of the NIRSA National Championships a month later.
“I believe the girls are ready for NIRSA,” said Speed. “The energy is high, and everyone is anxious to make it to UCLA and get the games started.”
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