With Final Exams over and the great majority of its students already gone, both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams of Occidental College remained on campus in order to play two more games apiece, before they parted for a brief holiday break. The order of the games was Men vs. Widener, Women vs. Willamette, Women vs. University of Puget Sound, and Men vs. Chapman. All of these games were held at Occidental’s Rush Gymnasium and took place over four consecutive days that began on December 18th.
The Occidental Men’s Basketball team met Widener University On December 18th. For the first few minutes of the game, Occidental stayed within 2 points of Widener, but this soon changed. Three minutes into the first half, Widener went on a 15-4 scoring run which Occidental could not match, though they made a game effort. Widener won by a score of 90-84. On the following evening, the Occidental Women’s Basketball team met the Women’s team from Willamette University. Even though neither team scored for the first 1 ½ minutes of the game, Occidental eventually scored and led the entire game, with the exception of one point about 10 minutes into the game where Willamette was able to tie the score. The final score of the game was 64-49, in favor of Occidental.
On the following day, in the afternoon, the University of Puget Sound Women’s Basketball team visited Rush Gymnasium for a game against the Occidental ladies. As in the game the preceding day, neither team scored during the opening minutes. Occidental drew “first blood” about two minutes in, and would eventually build a lead of 21-9, but a very game effort by Puget Sound led to their being in the lead by the half, 28-27. Occidental came out firing with both barrels as the second half opened, yet Puget Sound hung tough to the end. The final score was 58-55, in favor of Occidental. The final day of this series, Wednesday, December 21st, saw the Occidental men met Chapman University, the newest member of the SCIAC (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). A couple of early “3 pointers” by Chapman’s Jordan Young put Occidental into a hole that they were unable to dig themselves out of, despite a very commendable effort. Occidental went on a 16-6 scoring run to open the second half, but still came up short. When the final buzzer sounded, Chapman was in the lead by a score of 73-70.
For the four day period, suffice to say that Occidental broke even, with the Women’s team winning 2, the Men’s team losing two. Occidental basketball will resume on December 30th, when the ladies meet Hiram, and January 3rd, 2012, when the men meet Pacifica, both games taking place at Rush Gymnasium.