A Strong Season Start

Women's basketball begins year with numerous CCAA battles, including a 73-56 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay

WBB - Jasmin Guinn (photo by Jason Harrel)

Women’s basketball player Jasmin Guinn. Photo by Jason Harrel.

A strong second half by the Urban Knights led Academy of Art University’s women’s basketball team to a 73–56 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay to kick off the 2014–15 season on Nov. 14. ART U shot over 45 percent from the field in the second period and used a significant rebound margin to deal the Otters their first opening day loss since the 2007–08 season.

WBB - Zoie Sheng (photo by Jason Harrel)

Women’s basketball player Zoie Sheng. Photo by Jason Harrel.

Following a tough loss to Simon Fraser and being barely edged by No. 2 Cal Poly Pomona, the Knights turned a slow start into an explosive finish on Nov. 22, scoring over 100 points for just the third time in program history en route to a 103–87 win over Cal State Stanislaus.

“We’re shooting the ball a lot better right now and with a lot more confidence,” head coach LaNay Larson said. “I thought defensively we could’ve played a lot better. We definitely started out really slow. We can score, I’m not worried about that. I’m looking to fine-tune some things on the defensive end.”

In their 2014–15 home opener on Nov. 24, ART U used a balanced attack from both the starters and off the bench to defeat Cal State Dominguez Hills 81–76. ART U’s 19 points off 18 Toros turnovers played a major part in the win as free throws plus a key steal by junior forward Krystal Forthan (Multimedia Communications) in the final 10 seconds fended off any chance of a comeback.

On Nov. 28, the Urban Knights were boosted by 26 bench points and two starters scoring 20+ points apiece in their 84–74 victory over UC San Diego, host of the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic. Forthan (22 points) along with junior guard and fashion merchandising major Zoie Sheng (20 points) led the way in a 47-point second half by the Urban Knights.

ART U is 4–3 on the year heading into Pacific West Conference play.