The Westcliff Warriors women’s basketball team opened their inaugural season at Hope International University on Thursday, Oct. 25th, 2018. The Warriors and HIU Royals co-hosted a Thursday through Sunday classic to launch the 2018-2019 season. The participating schools consisted of Hope International, Cal Miramar, CSU Maritime, Life Pacific College and Westcliff.
The Warriors played their first game against visiting Cal. State University Maritime. It was the first of a tough 31-game schedule for the Warriors’ inaugural season.
The night was full of many firsts in program history.
- The Warriors first ever starting line up consisted of Andreace Tate, Jordan Pierce, Maili Fabius, Jaquel Quest and Patty McClure.
- Jordan Pierce scored the first points and first three pointer of Westcliff University women’s basketball program history.
- Simone Hall and Champelle Kelly were the first leading rebounders.
- Jordan Pierce was the first Warrior to finish in double digits, 17 points total, and shot 50% from the three point line (5 for 10).
- 6’1″ Jaquel Quest was 2 for 3 (67%) from the three point line for the night and Jordan Veal was 1 for 2. The Warriors made a total of 9 three pointers.
- Mia Jones led the Warriors in steals (3).
Although the Warriors took their first loss of the season, the team looked promising and will continue to build throughout the inaugural season.
“For those unaware, we play a very challenging schedule for the inaugural season in the history of the program,” said first-year Westcliff head coach Patty Medina, “and this is what you want – to play against the best – and get this kind of exposure for Warriors’ women’s basketball. We are so excited to get started and to see what this season will bring. We know it will be far from easy but this schedule gives us the opportunity to play against some terrific competition and to give Westcliff University a name of its own amongst competitors.”
The Warriors will play Life Pacific on Saturday and then head to Los Angeles to play Division III Occidental College, Hope International, and NAIA Power-Houses Vanguard (#1) and Westmont (#8).