‘Lopes basketball program bouncing higher each game

It was a big night for Antelopes fans.  Grand Canyon University turned the Red Storm into a drizzle over the weekend as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams enjoyed their biggest wins of the season at the expense of  visiting Dixie State University.

For the women, it meant sole possession of second place in the Pacific West Conference.  The squad literally burned the nets with 52 percent shooting from the floor to wrap up the 78-67 win.

For the men, the 82-80 victory was a huge win against an unbeaten team that had won seven in a row, putting them squarely in the Pac West race.  The ‘Lopes men’s team is making a habit of pulling off upsets; they beat Seattle Pacific University, the region’s top-ranked team, in a 69-68 thriller in early January.

The women were led by a local athlete, Katrina Graham, in their win over the Red Storm.  Graham, a junior from Desert Mountain HS, had a season-high 17 points to help secure the win.  Last week, it was another Valley graduate stepping up with a big game.  Samantha Murphy from Xavier Prep had a game-high 19 points and six steals in a heart-breaking two-point loss to Notre Dame de Namur.

Dixie State gets a chance to even the score this weekend as the ‘Lopes travel to St. George, Utah, for a rematch on Saturday.