Big Win On and Off Court for Cougars, Students
The Cal State San Marcos women’s basketball team was a big winner on the court Tuesday night.
As a result, two donors are ensuring that CSUSM students are big winners off the court.
CSUSM rolled to a 65-51 victory over Sonoma State in the quarterfinals of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament at The Sports Center. The Cougars, seeded No. 1 in the eight-team tournament, advance to the semifinals at UC San Diego’s RIMAC Arena where they will face fifth-seeded Cal State East Bay at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Carleen Kreider and Dick Lansing, two longtime university supporters, are purchasing tickets for the first 100 CSUSM students for Friday’s game. CSUSM students just need to show their student ID at the RIMAC Arena ticket office to receive admission.
Kreider is a director on CSUSM’s Foundation Board, which consists of community leaders who guide, advise and support the university on strategic plans for growth. Lansing is an adviser for the College of Business Administration’s Senior Experience program and a member of the college’s advisory board.
It has been a historic season for the women’s basketball team. At 24-4, the Cougars have set a program record for victories in a season and Tuesday’s victory extended their winning streak to a program-best 10 games.
"I think we're playing our best basketball in March," Cougars coach Renee Jimenez said. "I'm really excited for this group moving forward. I think they can make a nice run down the stretch here."
The winner of Friday’s game between CSUSM and Cal State East Bay will play the winner of the other semifinal (No. 6 Stanislaus State vs. No. 2 UCSD at 5:30 p.m. Friday) in the CCAA Tournament finals at 8 p.m. Saturday at RIMAC Arena. The winner of the tournament will earn the CCAA’s automatic bid into the eight-team NCAA Division II West Regional being played March 13-16.
The CCAA Tournament semifinals and finals can also be viewed for free on ESPN3.
Eric Breier, Public Affairs Specialist
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