Spirited Crowds Add To Exciting Basketball Victories
Riverside, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2016) — The California Baptist University men's and women's basketball teams both soundly defeated Fresno Pacific University in front of a packed Van Dyne gym audience on Jan. 9. The back-to-back games drew more than 1,000 spectators per event, which was broadcast nationally on ESPN 3 as part of its NCAA Division II Game of the Week coverage.
A large portion of the crowd sported CBU T-shirts and some fans even painted CBU blue across their faces. The CBU "Crazies" helped lead the crowds in chants and cheers throughout the evening, creating an electric atmosphere in the gym.
"It was very exciting to go to a game that was covered by ESPN," said Trisha Smith, a public relations freshman. "[The game] made me really happy to be a Lancer."
The Lancer women won, 93-53. They improved their season record to 13-1 overall and 5-1 in the PacWest, and extended their winning streak to six-straight. The men's team grabbed its third consecutive 100-plus point win, with a 108-95 victory. With the win, the Lancers move to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the PacWest, tied for second place in the conference standings.
"This (women's) game was one of the most fun games I've been to all year," said Sarah Hernandez, a pre-nursing freshman. "Everyone in the crowd was really loud and spirited, and it made me get really into the game."
Kamille Diaz, a shooting guard for the women's squad, also enjoyed the enthusiasm of the crowd.
"We've never had a crowd like this; it was full since tip-off," said Diaz. "The atmosphere of the crowd definitely helped the team."