The lady Seasiders basketball team put up a good fight against the Concordia University Irvine Eagles Thursday, Jan. 5, but were unable to come out on top, losing the game with a final score of 83-64.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was 24-17 with Eagles in the lead. Guard Marian Sheikh, a sophomore from Denmark studying biomedical science, helped the team start strong by scoring 8 points in the first quarter. Maia Jean Watene, a freshman from New Zealand majoring in exercise and sports science and guard, followed Sheikh’s lead with 4 points.
Jessica Horrocks, a senior from Idaho majoring in exercise and sports science, came in strong during the second quarter with 6 points. The score fluctuated throughout the second quarter, ending at 40-32 at the half with Concordia still grasping the lead.
Sheikh led the team in the third quarter with 6 rebounds and 15 points, which amounted to 50 percent of her shots. Teammates Tyvette White, a senior from California majoring in communications, and Horrocks followed closely behind with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Horrocks recorded her career-high score for points during the game.
Within the first five minutes of the third quarter, the Eagles had two separate six-point streaks, giving them an even greater advantage over the Seasiders.
Zoe Scott-Goss, an Irvine Eagle, led her team by contributing 16 points and 6 rebounds. She was followed up by teammate Annie Studdert who scored 12 points and contributed 7 rebounds.
The fourth quarter started out slow for the Seasiders as they went through a two-minute period without scoring a single point. Safia Sheikh, a junior from Denmark majoring in psychology, was able to contribute 7 points during the fourth quarter.
Amy Copley, a freshman from Illinois studying graphic design, said she enjoys watching the women’s basketball games because of the girls’ determination. She said, “The girls’ games don’t usually have the best turnout, but I try to come out and support whenever I can. You can see the sheer determination in the way that they play, even when the score does not always end up how we would like. Even though they were down by quite a few points tonight, those ladies played their hearts out, and that is something that does not go unnoticed.”
One spectator commented, “The Seasiders played so well, and you can easily tell how hard they worked throughout the game. It is a bummer that they lost, but they still played a great game.”