Someone should have run up to Trent May and put a lei of flowers around his neck. After all, it was Hawaii – and it was time to celebrate.
But the game against Charminade meant more than a huge win in which his Grand Canyon University women’s basketball team scored 98 points. To get there, they hit 13 of 23 shots from behind the arc.
May coached his Antelopes to his 50th victory at the college – which made him the program’s all-time winningest coach. He accomplished that in his third season at the helm of the women’s program, as he ran his record to 50-29.
And, probably more important to him and the team, the win puts the Lopes in a tie with Dixie State for second place in the Pacific West Conference, and just one game behind first-place Hawaii Pacific.
Their annual trip to Hawaii is always good to them. The Lopes are 3-0 on this trip and 14-1 over four seasons in the Pac West. They wrap up the series tonight against Hawaii Hilo.
The milestone game for May was never in doubt. As May explained, “We had solid play, from top to bottom.” The Lopes jumped out to a 9-0 lead and were never challenged after that.
A number of local athletes pitched in to help the squad narrowly miss the 100 pt. mark. Steffani Liscum from Marana HS in Tucson had a career-high 17 points, Samantha Murphy from Xavier Prep added 12, and Ashley Hardin from Marcos de Niza HS had 10. Murphy now has 1,270 career points and is just 11 points shy of the all-time leader, Jennifer Cobb, who wrapped up her career in 2007.
Kia Gibson, the junior center from Washington, led all Lopes’ scorers with 22 points.
(Photo of Steffani Liscum by Tim Koors, GCU Athletics)