Posted: March 10, 2014
For the first time in Hope International University history, our men’s and women’s basketball teams will both be competing for the GSAC Championship. The Royals will both play for the title at Vanguard University, Tuesday night. The women will face The Master’s College at 5 p.m. and then the men’s team takes on Vanguard at 8 p.m.
HIU women’s basketball enters the GSAC finals on the heels of their first ever win against NAIA No. 1 Vanguard. The No. 17 Royals handed the top ranked Lions their only loss of the season when they came out ahead 80-76 last Friday. The win put HIU at 22 wins for the season, an all-time high. As for the Royals’ opponent in the championship game, No. 7 Master’s leads the series 2-0 for this season.
With their win on Friday, women’s basketball became the first HIU team in any sport to qualify for a GSAC championship. However, men’s basketball quickly followed suit with a 61-56 win against Master’s last Saturday. The third-seeded Royals (NAIA No. 23) will look to continue their 8 game win streak against top seed, NAIA No. 9 Vanguard. The teams are even against one another this season, with HIU scoring their win just two and a half weeks ago.
Both the women’s and men’s GSAC championship games will be televised by FOX Sports Prime Ticket and FOX College Sports. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission and can be purchased from HIU in advance by calling Megan Austin at (714) 879-3901 ext. 2642. The women will kick the evening off at 5 p.m. and the men’s game will follow at 8 p.m. at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.
Hope International University is a regionally ranked private Christian university in Southern California offering undergraduate, online, and graduate programs. Founded in 1928, HIU integrates faith, service and learning. Through undergraduate, graduate, and online degree programs with faculty and staff dedicated to student success, HIU students experience a transformative educational experience and are prepared to make an impact with their lives. Our diverse student body represents 44 states and 13 countries around the world.
To learn more, please visit the Hope International University website at http://www.hiu.edu or contact Stephanie Coats, Advancement Associate, at 714.879.3901, x-2223.