By Andrew Beers
On Feb. 9, the DeSales basketball teams hosted their seasonal Pink Game in hopes to raise money for cancer awareness.
A video was uploaded to the DeSales athletic page online to explain the event and what it aims to do. The athletes in the video explained who they were raising funds for while portraying a simple poster that had the name or names of patients affected by cancer. These small posters lined the hallway towards the main entrance to the basketball court.
Any fans that entered Billera were able to donate money towards cancer awareness and have a chance to put up a poster. Athletes wore pink with their warm-ups in symbolism of this great cause. Both the men and women’s teams competed against Misericordia, a competitive rival.
Misericordia’s athletes also participated in the cause and made posters of who they were supporting. This game may have been a competitive match between the teams, but there was more meaning behind each game.
The women’s team, which started off the afternoon playing at 1 p.m., finished the game 66-45, beating Misericordia. Freshmen Averi Jordan and Samantha Shinkus led the team in scoring with 13 points each. This was the women’s team 16th straight win and they will go on to clinch the MAC Freedom Regular Season Championship and will take the #1 seed in the MAC Freedom Tournament in two weeks.
The men’s team fought hard to beat Misericordia, 76-60. Senior Luke Connaghan led the team with 16 points followed by sophomore Matt Kachelries with 13 points. If the men’s team wins on Tuesday against Eastern University, they will clinch the MAC Freedom Regular Season Championship.
“We’re off to a very good start. We’re playing awfully well,” said women’s basketball Head Coach Fred Richter. “Most of our successes center around how hard and how well we defend the ball and how we pressure the ball.”
The women’s team is currently 21-2, 12-0 in the MAC Freedom Conference. This is the most wins under Head Coach Fred Richter since the 2009 season. The women’s team hopes to continue their winning streak and break the consecutive streak on Tuesday against Eastern University.
“We’ve had an outstanding year,” said Athletic Director and men’s basketball Head Coach Scott Coval. “We started slowly and since that time we’re 13-2 in our last 15 games. We’ve really come together and our guys have played really good team basketball and we’re really sharing the ball well and everyone’s involved.”
The men’s team is hoping for a pivotal at their upcoming game in hopes to hold onto their #1 spot in the conference. Eastern University is seated in a close second behind the men’s team. The men and women’s team each hope to make it far and win the MAC Freedom Tournament.
With both teams seated #1 in the conference, they should have no trouble moving forward to claim their conference title and the glory that goes with it. Both the men and women’s teams’ next games will be at Eastern University on Tuesday.