Lady Red Hawks beat PUC in first round of Cal Pac playoffs
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - In Coach Derrick Pringle Jr.’s time at Simpson University, his team has never had a home playoff game. This stems from the fact that Simpson has never finished in the top four teams in the Cal Pac. This past Saturday, the Lady Hawks upset No. 2 Menlo College at the Heritage Student Life Center. This win set up Simpson with the No. 3 seed and a home court birth in the playoffs. The No. 6 seed Pacific Union Lady Pioneers traveled from Angwin, Calif., and gave the Red Hawks all they could handle. Simpson barely edged out the Pioneers 61-58 on Feb. 24.
In the first half, Simpson was on cruise control. The Lady Red Hawks rolled into halftime up nine, with the bench players contributing 17 points.
The second half saw a surge from the Pioneers. PUC’s Lara Canders hit three consecutive threes in a span of 2:30 minutes to put the Pioneers in the lead. The Lady Red Hawks turned the game around after Coach Pringle received a technical foul. Within three minutes of the call, Simpson was back on top by one.
Senior Alyssa Foster, who dominated underneath, and junior guard Kylie Shaw led the Red Hawks in their surge. Simpson and PUC exchanged shots in the final minutes of the game, but the Red Hawks held on to a three point lead.
Paige Barrett led Simpson in scoring with 13 points, off 3-for-8 shooting from beyond the three point line. Foster scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds to finish out what could be her last game at the Heritage Student life Center.
The Pioneers’ Lara Canders led all scorers with 16 points. Devin Tinny also had a solid game with 15 points.
Simpson now travels to Atherton, Calif., to face Menlo College who they defeated on Saturday. This game is one of of two conference semi-finals matches. The winner will play Cal State Maritime or Holy Names University in the Cal Pac championship game.
“This conference is literally wide open,” said Pringle. “Anyone from the No. 1 seed through the No. 5 seed has a good chance to take the championship. I believe that if we play the game we are capable of playing we could not only beat Menlo again but go on to take home the first Cal Pac championship back to Redding. I would really love for our girls to be the first team to gain a birth to the NAIA national tournament!”
The Lady Red Hawks will play Friday, Feb. 26 in Atherton, Calif. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. Live video and audio cast will be available via the Internet from the Simpson University web site: http://http://simpsonu.edu/livebball.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.