The Pacific Union College women's basketball team made their preseason debut at the Simpson Invitational tournament in Redding, Calif., from Nov. 14-16.
The Lady Pioneers played Pacific Christian College on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 14, and lost 58-67.
The Pioneers played Life Bible College on Friday afternoon, Nov. 15. Freshman guard Mindy Waterhouse, who was chosen for the all-tournament team, came off the bench to score 16 points and sparked the Pioneers to a 65-40 win.
The Pioneers played Simpson College on Saturday night, Nov. 16, and led by 12 points for most of the game, according to sophomore team captain Heather Isaacs. The Pioneers made several mistakes in the second half, and Simpson came back to tie the Pioneers at 45-45. With five seconds left in the game, a Pioneer fouled a Simpson player, and Simpson scored one of two possible points off of a free throw, ending the game in Simpson's favor 46-45.
"We are a really young team with seven freshmen and only two returning players," said Isaacs. "But of any team, we have the most freshman talent. Across the board we're very strong and the tournament showed us where we needed to be. It was a positive experience."
The Pioneers finished the tournament in third place. They will play their next game at 1 p.m. on November 22, in PUC's Pacific Auditorium.