Warriors edged out in televised GSAC title game

Posted By Horizon Staff March 28th, 2013 in Sports : 0 COMMENTS

Steven Alcala
Sports Editor

The women’s basketball team competed for top GSAC honors in the league championship finals, March 5. The contest against Vanguard University was televised live on a regional and national platform for the first time in its history.

The title game was shown live on FOX College Sports on Tuesday night. ­After GSAC commissioner Mike Daniels announced the match would be televised, he released a statement recording his excitement for the match.

“The beginning of this great relationship with FCS presents tremendous opportunities for the GSAC to gain national and regional exposure for its universities,” said Daniels. “We have made great strides as a conference to showcase the talents we have at the NAIA level.”

The hype for the match was clearly evident throughout the grounds of Concordia University as students from both colleges drove the distance to cheer on their teams in the highly anticipated game. Despite Warrior fans’ enthusiasm in cheering on their team, the women fell short in the fourth quarter, losing 57-63.

The fans were at the edges of their seat as the tipoff took place between the number one seeded Warriors and the second ranked Lions; it was clearly going to be an evenly matched game. Throughout much of the first half, the Warriors and the Lions continued to swap the lead with each other, as no team gained any real ground.

It was Vanguard, though, who began a shooting spree that propelled them to a comfortable 10 point lead with only two minutes left in the first half of play. Aided by the impressive efforts of fourth-year Tugce Canitez, who scored 19 points, and first-year Esther Lee, who scored 15 points, the Warriors rallied back and stopped the deficit from growing any larger. The buzzer declared halftime with Vanguard up 39 to the Warriors’ 31.

The Warriors played much of the second half of play behind in points, but limited the distance to within a few points several times. With six minutes left in play, Westmont was even able to tie the game again at 55. But in the end, the Warriors were just not able to land much-needed shots with the clock winding down. As the clock struck zero, the Warriors were defeated, 63-57.

Win or loss, third-year guard Dori Lansbach couldn’t be more proud of her teammates.

“This year has been really exciting,” Lansbach said. “We knew before the season started that we had a team with a great deal of talent. I have been really impressed by everyone’s focus and drive to win this season.”

The Warriors now turn their attention to the NAIA; they will work to play deep into that tournament. With the loss, the Warriors lose prime seeding in the NAIA National Tournament, scheduled to begin March 13.

 

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