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Urban Knights Close Regular Season with a Win

WBB - Jasmin Guinn (by Mark Rivera)

Jasmin Guinn. Photo by Mark Rivera.

Junior guard Jasmin Guinn (Animation & Visual Effects) showed that she truly enjoyed her trip to Hawaii, notching her third straight 20-point game in as many contests on the islands as the Academy’s women’s basketball team closed its regular season with a 69–59 Pacific West Conference victory over Chaminade at McCabe Gym on Feb. 28.

WBB - Sha'Nice Storey (by Mark Rivera)

Sha’Nice Storey. Photo by Mark Rivera.

Guinn’s 21 points gave her a 24.0 points per game average during the three-game road trip to Hawaii. Junior guards Regina Camera (Multimedia Communications) and Zoie Sheng (Fashion Merchandising) were also scored in double figures with 15 and 10, respectively. The Urban Knights’ (18–10, 13–7 PacWest) win secured them the No. 5 seed in the PacWest Conference Tournament after Azusa Pacific won earlier in the day to clinch the No. 4 spot.

The Academy built up a six-point lead through the opening six and a half minutes, but the Silverswords did not let the Urban Knights gain much separation. ART U’s defense turned into offense by way of frequent steals and transition buckets with Guinn’s theft and follow-up jumper at 8:30 a prime example. 

 

However, guided by their seniors playing in their final collegiate game, Chaminade did not fade and the matchup was tied 25–25 late in the half.

Chaminade nearly overcame a 37–32 ART U margin early in the second half, but free throws as well as a Guinn triple quickly pushed the lead back to nine at 47–38. A 7–0 Swords run in which the Academy did not score for over two minutes continued to keep things close yet the Urban Knights remained mentally tough. It was Sheng who posted a block to lead her into a basket on the other end along with jumpers by Camera that keyed a 10–0 surge to help ART U pull away.

“It wasn’t our best shooting game so our defense had to step up to keep us in it,” said head coach LaNay Larson. “We gave up way too many possessions with sloppy play offensively, but I thought down the stretch we looked much more composed. We got the lead to a comfortable margin and were able to finish out the game.”

Up 14 with 2:45 left following a bucket by sophomore forward D’Andree Galipeau (Multimedia Communications), Academy of Art maintained the advantage the rest of the way and defeated the Silverswords to become a perfect 13–0 in the historical matchup.