Women’s basketball secure a sweet senior night win

The Concordia Courier

The women's basketball team gathers around the seniors

By Eva Prewitt | 2/23/2024

On Feb. 19, the CU Arena was flooded with flowers and bittersweet sentiments in celebration of  the seniors last ever home game. The seniors soaked up their final moments playing in the Eagles Nest while their family and loved ones packed the stands from wall to wall. Facing Hawaii Pacific, the Golden Eagles gave a thrilling performance, finishing with a 68-63 win.  

Despite the Shark's unrelenting defense, the Green and Gold maintained the lead throughout the  game. Seniors Teagan Thurman, Savannah Felix and Stephanie Lee all played significant roles in leading the team to success.  

For an extra special and unforgettable night, Thurman officially became a member of the 1,000  club, hitting her 1,000th career point in the third quarter. After an effortless shot, sinking it from the free throw line, the stands erupted in nonstop celebration while the teams played on.  Thurman said, "I will miss the connections I built and being able to play the sport I love every  day." Thurman finished the game with nine points, four rebounds and four steals.  

Lee, a graduate senior, was at the top of the stat board with 14 points. Performing under pressure  in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, Lee silenced the gym and shut down the Sharks after  making four straight perfect free throws. Lee leads the team this season with 39 three-pointers.  

Felix tallied ten points, six rebounds and two steals, adding to her current 232 points and 155  total rebounds this season. After five years of being a Golden Eagle, Felix has had a substantial  role in the growth and leadership of the team. "There is something truly special about going into  battle with your team, sharing both the highs and lows, and growing together, both on and off the  court."  

As these seniors prepare to pass the torch and hang up their jerseys, their presence will continue  to influence the team and the future athletes to come. "Cherish every moment and treat every day  like it is your last because soon it will be," said Thurman.  

"Embrace every practice, game and team meeting as an opportunity to grow and learn," said  Felix. "Remember, it's not just developing and growing as an athlete, but also an individual."  

Celebrating senior night doesn't mean the season is over just yet. With two pivotal games left of  the season, Thurman said, "Honing in on execution and our defense, as well as playing together, is the key for the next couple of weeks."  

Felix said, "These next two weeks are about solidifying our legacy as a team and individually  pushing one another to finish hard in the final stretch." 

Looking toward these final games, women's basketball will hit the road to face PacWest  conference leader Azusa Pacific and Westmont on Feb. 24 and March 2. Currently No.5 in the  conference, if the Golden Eagles clutch these finals wins, they will secure a spot in the PacWest Conference Championship tournament in March.  

Keep an eye on women's hoops through @cuiwbb on Instagram and all things Golden Eagles @cuigoldeneagles.

Tags: women's athletics, Alexander Carr

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