KPU Eagles women's basketball drop game to CBC Bearcats, season series now 1-1

Sat, Jan 10, 2015

Metro Vancouver…..The KPU Eagles women’s basketball team fell to the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats 72-50 to put the season series at 1-1. The Eagles 2014/15 PACWEST CCAA regular season record is now 1-7, and KPU will host the league at home for the next six games which includes their January 30th Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser.

Game recap versus the Bearcats:
A short bench due to injury and illness proved to be a test for KPU. The first half was kept close between the two teams as the Eagles trailed the Bearcats 22-17 at the end of 20 minutes, but the scoring gap settled in during the third quarter. The Bearcats gained their first win of the season over the Eagles by a score of 72-50.

Scoring leaders for KPU included third-year guard Haeley Williams, Maple Ridge, BC (18 points, one assist, five rebounds, two steals), third-year guard Jessica Villadiego (14 points, four assists, seven rebounds, three steals), second-year guard Shilpa Khanna, Surrey, BC (eight points, five assists, three rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot), and fourth-year guard Christina Brown, Langley, BC (eight points, two assists, seven rebounds, three steals). KPU shot 75% at the line in the first half and 33% in the second half for a game average of 42%.

The Bearcats leaders included first-year guard Harvina Kaler, Abbotsford, BC (21 points, four assists, 12 rebounds), second-year forward Sarah Rozendal, Saanichton, BC (14 points, two assists, four rebounds, two steals), and third-year forward Deanna Esau, Abbotsford, BC (11 points, 15 rebounds).

"It's been a tough season for us as we have battled injury and illness, as well as a short bench since opening day," stated Eagles head coach Dan Nayebzadeh, "We are a good team, we know it. We just need to get a bit of confidence back and work hard as a team during practice as well as in games."

KPU           8+ 9+16+17 = 50
CBC        12+10+21+29 = 72


KPU Eagles WBB 14/15

(L to R) Eagles Khanna, Brown, Williams, & Villadiego battle with the Bearcats

The Eagles will spend the entire month of January at home in the Eagles' Nest, for full schedule, please visit The next game will be Friday, January 16th at 6:00pm versus the Quest University Canada Kermodes and then Saturday, January 17th 2015 at 6:00pm versus the Capilano University Blues.

The Eagles women's basketball team are proud to announce their second-annual Canadian Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Friday, January 30th 2015. The Eagles will host a silent auction and t-shirt sale starting at 5:30pm to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's BC & Yukon chapter. The event is cash-only and gate, silent auction, and shirt sales will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.

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The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics & Recreation enters its 14th season of interuniversity competition. The Eagles are members of the PACWEST conference and play in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with 100 student-athletes participating on eight varsity teams in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, badminton and golf. KPU athletics plays its home games at the Eagles’ Nest (Surrey Campus), Northview Golf & Country Club, Newton Athletic Park, all located in Surrey, BC and the Ace Badminton Centre in Richmond, BC.  The Eagles are active in the conference with staff members on various advisory committees and competing to host both provincial and national championships. The student-athletes are mainly from the lower mainland but KPU’s rosters have included student-athletes from North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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