Beat Biola, Beat Cancer

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 26th, 2014


play4kayOn Saturday night, Westmont Men’s and Women’s Basketball will host rival Biola in the final game of the regular season. The game will also serve as Westmont’s Play 4Kay night in which proceeds raised from a number of activities will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to help support cancer research. Kay Yow was the head coach at North Carolina who died of cancer in 2009.

Kenon Neal, a member of the Westmont family, will be honored for her fight against cancer during halftime of the women’s game. Neal will be introduced by Sandi White of Westmont who is recovering from her own battle with cancer.

During halftime of the men’s game, former Los Angeles Laker and Oregon State basketball player and coach Jay Carty will speak to the crowd. Carty is also a cancer survivor.

Fans are encouraged to help “Pink Out” the gym by wearing pink to the games on Saturday. The women’s game begins at 5:30 and the men’s at 7:30. A silent auction of customized player’s shooting shirts (men’s and women’s) will be held during each game and fans will also have the opportunity to purchase limited edition “Love Westmont” T-shirts. After the game, a free ice cream social will be held in the gym with participants encouraged to donate at least one dollar.

All proceeds will go toward the Play 4Kay fund.

Saturday night is also designated as senior night. From the Women’s Program, Kelsie Sampson and Erin Beadle will be honored for their contributions over the past four years. The men’s team will recognize C.J. Miller, Marcus Farrand, Mantas Drungys, Jason Ritchey and Brendan Hill.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to participate in honoring the seniors.

Eleventh-ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (18-8, 9-4 GSAC) is looking to improve its seeding in the upcoming Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. A win against Biola (12-17, 7-6) on Saturday, coupled with a loss by The Master’s against Hope International would move the Warriors into the number two seed. Currently, they hold the number three position.

Westmont Men’s Basketball (16-11, 5-8), could make a significant jump in the seeding with a win against #25 Biola (16-13, 6-7). Currently occupying the number seven spot in the standings, Westmont could move up to as much as the fifth seed with a win, depending on how Concordia (19-10, 6-7) and The Master’s (18-10, 6-7) fare on Saturday. Both of those teams are tied with Biola for fourth place in the GSAC standings.