Dons Basketball Hits Mid-Season Stride

The Dons are hoping to make a run at March Madness. Pictured from left to right: Ryan Beasley, Josh Kunen, Marcus Williams, Chris Gerlufsen, Stefan Todorovic, and Malik Thomas. Photo courtesy of Chris M. Leung/Dons Athletics.

With the West Coast Conference (WCC) tournament approaching, the Dons Basketball program is gearing up to make a run for the conference title.

On Dec. 22, the game ended in a 77-57 victory. In the Jan. 13 home game versus the Portland Pilots, Thomas gave a 26-point performance, in addition to five rebounds. 

On Jan. 18, guard Marcus Williams scored 24 points in addition to forward Jonathan Mogbo’s 23-point, 11-rebound double-double giving the Dons a victory against the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Lions, ending with a score of 90-76. 

On Jan. 4, Mogbo’s contributions against the University of the Pacific Tigers led to a Dons overtime victory. He had 30 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and one block against the Tigers. In a recent interview with NBC Bay Area, Mogbo described his skill as “very versatile, offensively and defensively.” He added, “I feel like I can contribute in every area on the floor and just play hard.” 

The men’s basketball team holds  a 5-2 conference record and a 16-6 record overall. They are currently the No. 4 seed in the conference standings. 

The Dons Women’s Basketball team took a win in the Conference Opener against the LMU Lions on Jan. 4th, with a 63-38 point victory. Guard Jasmine Gayles and forward Deborah Dos Santos scored in double-figures. Dos Santos tallied 14 points to go along with 18 rebounds, marking her eighth double-double of the season. In addition, Gayles finished with a game-high 20 points.

The Women’s Basketball Team had a comeback win against the University of the Pacific, with Gayles putting up a career-high 40-point performance. She became the WCC Player of the Week for a second time, with her conference-high 40-point game. Dos Santos posted a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double, marking her 11th of the season. 

Gayles said, “[Dos Santos] is a phenomenal basketball player and has played a huge role in all of our wins. She is the heart of our offense and can completely take over a game, other teams have to base their defense around her.”

The women’s basketball team has a 4-3 conference record and a 8-12 overall record. They are currently the No. 4 seed in the West Coast Conference.

If the Dons continue to stay on top, they have the opportunity to continue the pace to get an opening-round bye in the WCC tournament. The winner of the WCC tournament will be guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Division 1 March Madness Tournament. 

Editorial Team:

Editor-in-Chief: Megan Robertson
Managing Editor: Jordan Premmer
Chief of Copy: Sophia Siegel
Sports Editor: Chase Darden

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