California Baptist clinches PacWest regular-season title; HPU claims top seed

Myriah Hicks PHOENIX, Ariz. – California Baptist (21-5/15-3 PacWest) and Hawai'i Pacific (18-6/14-4) used victories on the final day of the Pacific West Conference's women's basketball regular season to capture a championship and a claim a top seed in the league's post-season tournament.

CBU used a 45-27 first-half advantage and 20 points from Myriah Hicks to earn an 81-54 victory at Fresno Pacific on Saturday, March 2, and grab a share of the 2013 PacWest Women's Basketball Regular-Season Championship.

A few hours later, the Lancers learned the title belonged to them outright when Azusa Pacific (15-10/12-5) bounced Grand Canyon (22-7/14-4) 63-57 on the very court that will host the inaugural PacWest Women's Basketball Championship Tournament beginning March 7.

Although CBU earned the PacWest Regular-Season Championship, the Lancers are not eligible for the PacWest Tournament because they still are transitioning into Division II.

Hawai'i Pacific is eligible, however, and the Sea Warriors took advantage of the Grand Canyon loss to jump the Antelopes and captured in the top seed in the PacWest Tournament.

HPU used 18 points from Skye Savini to beat Chaminade 83-56 and tie GCU for second place. The Sea Warriors 1-0 record this year vs. GCU gave HPU the tiebreaker edge.

The PacWest will hold its first conference tournament March 7-9 at Azusa Pacific University's Felix Event Center.

HPU will face the winner of #4 Dixie State (14-12/12-6) and #5 Hawai'i Hilo (13-10/10-7) in the semifinals on Friday afternoon, March 8, at 3 p.m. PST. Grand Canyon, as the second-seed, will battle the winner of #6 BYU-Hawaii (6-18/5-13) and #3 Academy of Art (20-8/13-5) at 12:30 p.m. PST also on Friday.

The tournament begins with BYU-Hawaii and Academy of Art locking horns at 12:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 7, to kickoff the 10-game men's and women's event. The Urban Knights defeated the Seasiders 85-80 on Jan. 7 in their lone meeting of the season.

Hawai'i Hilo and Dixie State will square off at 3 p.m. PST in the other first-round contest on Thursday. The Red Storm defeated the Vulcans 85-75 on Dec. 1 in their lone meeting this year.

Tournament Schedule

Thursday, March 7 (First Round)

  • #6 BYU-Hawaii vs. #3 Academy of Art - 12:30 p.m. PST
  • #5 Hawai'i Hilo vs. #4 Dixie State - 3 p.m. PST

Friday, March 8 (Semifinals)

  • #6/#3 winner vs. #2 Grand Canyon - 12:30 p.m. PST
  • #4/#5 winner vs. #1 Hawai'i Pacific - 3 p.m. PST

Saturday, March 9

  • Championship - 4:30 p.m. PST

Tickets for the inaugural PacWest Women's Basketball Championship Tournament may be purchased each day of the event at the box office that will open one hour before each session. To ensure tickets, fans are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance.

Advance tickets may be purchased online by clicking PacWest Basketball Tournament, or by calling the Felix Event Center Box Office at 626-815-5494.

A 12-game, three-day All-Tournament Pass for adults is just $35 – or less than $3 per game – while a One-Day Pass is $15 for adults.

The 12-game, three-day All-Tournament Pass is $25 for seniors (60 and better), children (ages 7-17), college students (with ID) and military personnel (with ID). The One-Day Pass for these fans is $10.