Women’s basketball finished 5th in the CCC, earning them a playoff berth against Western New England.

Despite being the lower seed and having to play an away game, the women are confident in their chances of winning since they have defeated Western New England two times this year.

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Mhiah Vickers (Westlake Village, Calif.) goes for a layup against Gordon during last Saturday’s game. Photo credit: Jared Toney.

The women finished the season with a 12-13 overall record and 10-8 conference record.  Despite their overall record being below .500, they have won six of the last seven games, and hope this recent success can help lead them on a deep playoff run.

The women’s team understands how difficult it is to beat a team three times, but they seem to believe in themselves and feel confident in their chances.

“It’s hard to beat a team three times, but we just have to stay committed to the things that brought us here in the first place,” Captain Jordan Grays (Elk Grove, Calif.) said.

Jordan has seen growth in her team from the beginning of the season to now, and is proud of the team’s development.

“We turned this season around because we started to believe in each other and the development of our program,” Grays shared, “A lot of times it’s not how you start, but how you finish.”

The Lions finished the season beating rival Gordon College on senior night, 65-50.

Senior Tina Corey (Canterbury, Conn.) felt the crowd was a big reason for the success.

“You could feel the energy and the love in the gym, and it was amazing to play in front of such great fans. It helped us all to play harder,” Corey said.

The Lions hope to keep their season alive and to keep fighting to make a run in the playoffs. Their first playoff game will be Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Western New England.