The Grand Canyon University Women’s Basketball Team was ranked 7th in the NCAA Division II standings released on March 8th.
The Antelopes finished the NCAA Division II West Region Championship with an overall record of 29-3. Grand Canyon faced Cal Poly Pomona and lost in a close match, 68-61.
The Antelopes’ Season
The Antelopes faced the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos in the Sweet Sixteen match. It was a battle of the tournament’s top seeds as conference No. 1 seed Pomona took on conference seed No. 2 Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon began the game with a slow start and cold shooting that led to a point deficit they couldn’t overcome. The first Antelope bucket came seven minutes into the game and eventually they were down by 13.
After a quick run, they brought it within 7 points. After the half the Antelopes continued to rally and came within 4 points, but the Broncos came just as hard. Last minute free-throws gave the Broncos the lead and the win.
This season was filled with records including tying the 17-game win streak, 15 wins at home, and 29 wins in a season. They were the first women’s basketball team to go an entire season unbeaten at home 14-0. Head Coach Trent May leads the Antelopes but relies on Samantha Murphy and Rosalyn Nelson to achieve greatness.
About The Team
Head Coach Trent May is in his fifth season with Grand Canyon. He was named this season’s PacWest Coach of the Year, his third in the last four seasons. May has led Grand Canyon to its best ever 29-3 and is the Antelopes’ all-time winningest coach. During this season, May won his 200th career game and the program’s fourth PacWest title in the last five years. He is 208-89 overall and 81-32 at Grand Canyon.
Senior Samantha Murphy was named to her second straight PacWest Conference Player of the Year award and First Team All-West Region. She leads the nation in scoring with 24.9 and a 91.6 free-throw percentage. Murphy is a four-time first-team conference selection and a two-time All-West selection.
She finishes her career with a record 2,147 points, 786 from this season alone. Senior Rosalyn Nelson was named to the PacWest Second Team. She sat out last season due to a knee injury, but bounced back averaging 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 3.3 steals per game. Nelson also finishes with 1,542 career points, and all-time leader in steals (384) and assists (535).
About The School
Grand Canyon University is located in Phoenix, AZ and is Arizona’s private university. This prestigious Christian university is recognized as offering some of the best online education programs in the nation by noteworthy sources including Fortune Small Business, Technology & Learning Magazine, Online Education Database, and more.
Grand Canyon offers both online and campus-based bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. There are over 25,000 online and campus-based students at this Top 10 Christian college.