William Jessup gets taste of new conference
LA MIRADA – The William Jessup University mens and womens basketball programs got a taste of the Golden State Athletic Conference last week with games against Biola and Vanguard universities.
The Warriors’ Nicole McDonald hit three crucial free throws late in the game to force Biola into overtime.
William Jessup took advantage of the extension and took an early lead. Although the Eagles were later able to tie the game, senior Ashley Rose took an assist from Olivia Nelson and scored with eight seconds on the game clock for a 71-69 victory.
Rose had 25 points in the game and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. McDonald tallied 23 points and was 11-12 from the charity stripe.
Sarah Peterson had nine rebounds in the contest.
WJU is scheduled to play California State University Stanislaus Tuesday in Turlock; game time 5:30 p.m. The Warriors return home Dec. 28 for a game against Concordia University.
Vanguard University, a top 25 NAIA team, handed William Jessup a 96-78 loss Saturday in La Mesa.
The Lions held a 20-point lead at halftime behind excellent shooting. In the first half, the host club made more than half their shots from the floor and 75 percent from beyond the arc.
“We’re trusting the process.” said Warriors head coach Lance Von Vogt. “We realized that we were coming down here to play two NAIA Division 1 schools. They’re a little bit further a long and a little more established than we are. It was great to have this kind of competition on the road.”
WJU kept Vanguard from extending their lead with 50-percent shooting, but the Lions were able to match the Warriors down the stretch.
Jessup’s Sterling Shells had 21 points and sophomore Kelton Newman scored 12. Newman had been sidelined with an injury.
Biola – The Warriors had a better game against the Eagles, but the host club prevailed 86-74 on Friday.
Shells led the Warriors with 20 points on 7-7 shooting, including 4-4 from the 3-point arc.
William Jessup will take on CSU Sacramento in an exhibition game Saturday, 7 p.m.
The team returns to Warrior Arena Dec. 21 for a 3 p.m. game against Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
William Jessup will depart company with the California Pacific Conference for the GSAC next fall.