Women’s Basketball

05
Mar
2019

Coach Patty Medina Invited to Join Staff at the “Tu Futuro Basketball Elite Camp” in Queretaro, Mexico

Irvine, Calif. – One of Coach Patty Medina’s goals this inaugural season has been to “put Westcliff on the map” but she never would have imagined that one of those opportunities would come from her birth country, Mexico. Medina has been invited to be one of the coaches on staff for the annual “Tu Futuro Basketball Elite Camp.” The camp will take place from March 20th thru 24th in Mexico City at ITESM Campus Estado de México. Tu Futuro Elite Camps aim to create a recruitment system in Mexico by identifying and developing young talent in all regions of the country so that, thanks to their skills, they can aspire to attain a scholarship for undergraduate studies. Coaches at the camp participate in the development of youth by promoting sports and education, as well as, having the opportunity to recruit the local talent.  “Our goal is to guide young talented basketball players within the educational field and contribute to their development in athletics and in life. There will be various coaches adding value and experience within the activities throughout the camp and we are very excited to have Coach Patty share her knowledge with all the participants” said Tu Futuro Basketball General Manager, Josue...
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23
Feb
2019

Inaugural Season Comes to an End – The Beginning of a New Era

Santa Cruz, Calif. – During the last few possessions of Westcliff’s final game, the Warriors were diving on the floor and hustling. You would think that the game was down to the wire! During one of those moments, Maili Fabius managed to get a steal that transferred into a fast break. Jaquel Quest trailed as Fabius spun and gave Quest the assist. The Warriors were down 20 points; however, that one play exemplified the grit and perseverance of the Warriors. So much so, that the commentators could not help but take notice. One commentator said, “Maili Fabius is still working hard regardless of the score!” The other made a statement that summed up the Warriors’ inaugural season… their performance tonight is “a glimpse of what’s to come for Westcliff once they get numbers.”  The inaugural season was far from easy; but, from the beginning all of the 2018-2019 players knew that this time would be about setting the foundation for the culture that Coach Patty Medina aims to establish, as well as, growing individually as players and young women. The adversity that the players faced throughout the season would have made many throw in the towel — and a few did...
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16
Feb
2019

Warriors Celebrate Their Inaugural Season with a Win and New Records

Costa Mesa, Calif. – On Saturday, the Westcliff University women’s basketball team celebrated the culmination of their inaugural season at their last home game. The four recently signed recruits for the 2019-2020 season and their families were all in attendance to celebrate this milestone. The Warriors showed up to show out for the biggest home crowd they have had this season and beat Cal Miramar University 88-45. In this game, as in the last game, three Warriors finished with double-doubles. Westcliff’s All-Time Leading Scorer, Simone Hall, finished with her first double-double totaling 22 points and a career high 20 rebounds; a new program record, as she surpassed the previous record of 17. Patty Tidwell and Alyssa Starr also posted their first career double-doubles with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 12 points, 12 rebounds, respectively. Five of the six Warriors finished in double digits and, although, Maili Fabius only finished with two points, she accounted for 9 assists to her teammates. In doing so, she set a new assist record for the program as well. The Warriors shared the ball well all game and tallied a season high 26 total assists. Since the beginning of the season, Coach Patty Medina told her...
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15
Feb
2019

Three Warriors Finish with Double-Double, Quest Has Career High 13 Blocks

Costa Mesa, Calif. – The emphasis for the Warriors’ inaugural season has been to “Become Legendary!” There are many records to be set, and to be broken, during this first season of existence and the Warriors are doing just that! For the first time during Westcliff University’s women’s basketball inaugural season, three starters recorded double-doubles against the University of St. Katherine Firebirds. Andrece Tate finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds; Simone Hall compiled another 32 point game while securing 10 rebounds and Jaquel Quest is now, not only the first Warrior to have a double-double with zero points; but, also the first Block Record holder for the program. She finished with a career high 13 blocks and 12 rebounds. “I knew I had broken my own personal record but I didn’t realize I had that many,” Jaquel Quest said after watching film, “I am learning to have better timing when I jump for blocks because, earlier in the season, I was fouling a lot. My shots weren’t going in that night either so I shifted my focus completely to defense.” The Warriors had a 12 point lead at half time against University of St. Katherine but came out flat in...
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15
Feb
2019

Coach Patty Medina Invited to be a Guest Speaker at the “Sisters Gonna Work It Out” Conference at CSU San Marcos

San Marcos, Calif. – “Sisters Gonna Work It Out” conference provides African American, Latino, Samoan, and Native American youth positive strategies to combat and overcome the debilitating environment and conditions they face daily at school and on the streets. The workshops stress the central role that education plays in this process to change current conditions. This conference will provide information to assist our young men and women to perceive how the educational process effects them, their families, and their communities. Coach Patty Medina has become the first Mexican-Born women’s basketball head coach at the collegiate level in the history of basketball and hopes to be able to share her testimony and experience.  The conference creates a dialogue between presenters and participants focused around relevant cultural, social, political, economic, and educational issues facing African American, Latino, Samoan and Native American males and females. The workshop content and titles are selected to appeal to age and/or grade level or ethnic heritages of participants. To provide a methodology for further dialogue among workshop participants, and between presenters and participants and provide resources and information to further their development of critical thinking and analytic skills. The conference hopes to create a context for the...
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11
Feb
2019

Warriors Add Four Freshmen to the 2019-2020 Roster

Irvine, Calif. – It is all about building and moving forward for the Westcliff University women’s basketball team in 2019-20. The Warriors have competed and accumulated some wins during this tough inaugural season but have even bigger aspirations for the seasons to come. The Warriors will return six players next year and, thus far, have brought in four freshmen to help push toward the goal of becoming contenders. The group is highlighted by Veronica Ruiz from Victor Valley HS in Victorville, CA. as well as, freshman shooting guard Vesina Tafao from Lakewood HS in Lakewood, CA. In addition, the Warriors are extremely excited to add freshman center Ariel Gordon from Valley Christian HS in Cerritos, CA. and local freshman guard Denise Cardenas from John Glenn HS in Norwalk, CA. “It’s very exciting to add youth to our team this year,” said Westcliff University head coach Patty Medina. “Last year I recruited mainly transfers because they were familiar with the college application process and would be an easy transition. This year, however, we want to add many freshmen. Youth brings great enthusiasm, and our team already has a passion for basketball and becoming a great team. Adding the youthful enthusiasm of...
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02
Feb
2019

Warriors Continue to Show Growth – Simone Hall Sets New Scoring Record with 30 Point Performance

There isn’t a place in the score book for progress, development or maturation and one game isn’t always an indicator of your season. So when the Warriors lost by 8 points on January 23rd to Bethesda, there was no panic or overhaul of the game plan. Patience was the proper path. The thought process was “let’s get better and not let a loss dictate our direction.” Fast forward 10 days to a rematch in which Westcliff dominated the majority of the game, leading by as much as 14, and earned a 64-55 win. That’s progress. The Warriors have been building cohesiveness, gaining confidence and trusting the process. Despite a short roster, five of the six Warriors scored more than 6 points in the game. Four played an average of 34 minutes. Tate and Starr played all 40 minutes. Simone Hall sat out the majority of the fourth quarter with foul trouble but finished with a career high 30 points and set a new scoring record for the program. What you have is a cast of players embracing their roles, such as Patty McClure-Tidwell coming up with clutch baskets and an “And-1” to finish with 11 points, or Maili Fabius distributing...
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28
Jan
2019

Westcliff Shows Grit in Final Games Against Ranked Teams

DC Comics had the “Secret Six” and in Marvel Comics, Spider Man’s rivals were the “Sinister Six”. The best comparison may be with the “Bionic Six,” a TV series from the 1980s about six machine-enhanced people with supernatural powers. The “Westcliff Super Six” have some of that since losing players throughout the tough inaugural season. In the last three games, freshman Alyssa Starr, is averaging a whopping 39.3 minutes a game. Guard Simone Hall is averaging 39.6 minutes and 13.2 points. Patty McClure-Tidwell, who averaged just 20.8 minutes in the first 20 games, now is playing 36.9 minutes a contest. Maili Fabius is also averaging 26.5 minutes a game. “It seems crazy that we’re able to play man-to-man defense and run the whole game, but we do,” Coach Patty Medina said. “You adjust and you find a way to do it with just six. They play college athletics for a reason; it teaches these young athletes to be resilient in times of adversity. We’ve had plenty of adversity, but they continue to fight, they continue to improve and they continue to play basketball.” The Warriors competed and showed grit against the (#11) nationally ranked University of Antelope Valley Pioneers on...
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18
Jan
2019

Warriors Inaugural Season is Far from Easy

When the Westcliff women’s basketball schedule was released last fall, it was no surprise that the Warriors would have a grueling season ahead of them. Westcliff would face some of the best NAIA teams in college basketball for their inaugural season, as well as play two NCAA Division 1 programs, one Division 2 program and two Division 3 programs. “A tough schedule teaches us what the level of competition needs to be in order to one day become one of the best teams in the nation,” head coach Patty Medina said. “I could have lightened the schedule and gotten wins early in the season but I wanted to make sure that this inaugural season would build character, weed out weaklings and set the tone for the culture that we want to establish for our program.” Currently, the Warriors are 2-17 for the season, after beating the University of St. Katherine twice. However, of all the NAIA teams that they have already played, all but two are above .500 and five of them are currently ranked in the NAIA Top 25 standings. The Warriors played California State University Bakersfield in November for their first Division 1 exhibition game match up and...
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