SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The University of Antelope Valley women’s basketball team advanced to the round of 16 at the NAIA Division II Women’s National championships on Wednesday, with a 100-93 win over Morningside College.
The Pioneers will play the Oregon Institute of Technology in the second round today at 11:45 a.m.
UAV (26-5) won its first game at the tournament in its second consecutive appearance.
UAV senior guard Samantha Earl set a career high with 32 points, shooting 11-for-16 from the field, to go with eight rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore forward Alexia Budd finished with a double-double for UAV, with 19 points and 10 rebounds, junior forward Tylen Price finished with 13 points, one point shy of 1,000 for her career, with nine rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard T’Airah Pryor had 12 points and four rebounds, senior guard Alyssa Gonzales had 10 points, a game-high five assists and two steals and junior guard Asia Young finished with six points.
“We kept battling and fighting until the end,” UAV women’s coach Deon Price said. “We overcame silly mistakes because this group was relentless and we never lost focus. I give a lot of credit to Morningside for playing a great game, but our girls kept fighting and got it done. This is a great win for our team, for UAV and for the Cal Pac — and hey, at the end of the day we’re just playing basketball.”
UAV is the first Cal Pac team to win a tournament game since 2006 and tied a conference record for wins in a season with the 2013 Menlo team.
UAV beat Oregon Tech 90-80 on Nov. 17.
Oregon Institute of Technology 75, UAV 65
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The University of Antelope Valley men’s basketball team lost in the opening round of the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament 75-65 to the Oregon Institute of Technology on Wednesday night.
The Pioneers (16-13) were making their second consecutive appearance at the National Championship Tournament after winning their second straight California Pacific Conference title.
UAV trailed OIT (25-7) 45-24 at halftime and outscored the Owls 41-30 in the second half.
Senior forward Christian Drayton led UAV with 17 points and eight rebounds and junior center Deividas Mockaitis had eight points, three rebounds and two blocks.
Senior guard Miles Nolen-Webb, the Pioneers’ all-time points leader, finishesd with seven points, senior guards Hayden Hall and CJ Bussey and junior forwards Jacob Mast and Kane Keil all finished with six points apiece.
UAV had lost to Oregon Tech in November, 79-78.
Santa Barbara 9, AVC 0
LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College women’s tennis team lost to Western State Conference leader Santa Barbara 9-0 at home on Thursday.
Viktoriia Belonogova lost her singles match 6-1, 7-5 for the Marauders (3-6, 2-5 WSC), while Erica Garcia fell 6-3, 6-1, Becca Jaimes lost 6-4, 6-2, Mary Flint-Herrera and Natalie Pinzon both lost 6-0, 6-0, and Marbella Rubio lost 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles, Belonogova and Flint-Herrera lost 8-0, Garcia and Jaimes fell 8-4 and Pinzon and Rubio lost 8-2.
While the Marauders were not happy with the loss, they were able to identify their improvement in their second match against Santa Barbara. The first time around AVC won just 10 games, but they won 25 games on Thursday.
“We do know that we’re getting better,” AVC coach Justin Webb said. “We’re seeing some of the things we like and we need to just continue to get better so we can get more wins.”
AVC will play second-place Bakersfield at home at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
Long Beach 3, AVC 0
LONG BEACH — The Antelope Valley College men’s volleyball team lost 25-9, 25-15, 25-15 at Long Beach City College on Wednesday.
Julian Green picked up four kills for the Marauders, while Brandon Holderbach-Lee recorded seven assists and Matthew Lee added two blocks.
AVC plays at Moorpark on Friday at 6 p.m.