Pilots RoundUp: Nov. 15 - Nov. 21

By Wilder Isom | November 23, 2021 11:52am

Alejandro Pereira (left) and Jake Arteaga after the game on Nov. 18.

Media Credit: Marek Corsello / The Beacon

This week in Pilots athletics, women’s basketball won two of their three games, men’s basketball won both of their games, men’s soccer played in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the NCAA championships, and women’s volleyball lost in their second to last game. 

Here’s everything you need to know about last week’s sports:

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team first hit the road to play Stanford on Nov. 16 where they lost 55-77. Key players of this game were guard Maisie Burnham who scored 12 points, guard Haylee Andrews who came up with 11 points and forward Lucy Cochrane with 8 points. The Pilots’ efforts, in the end, weren’t enough for the reigning NCAA champions, now ranked #7 nationally. 

Their next game was one of two games played in the Bank of Hawaii Tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii. They first played and beat the Rainbow Wahine 91-77 on Nov. 19. This game was a milestone because, with the 91 points, the Pilots have scored at least 90 points in a game twice within the first four games for the first time since 1985. Forward Alex Fowler led the Pilots with 20 points and nine rebounds while Andrews had a double-double with 16 points and 11 assists.

Their third game of the week was against Prairie View A&M in the second game of the Bank of Hawaii Tournament. They won 80-54 on Nov. 21, notable players being Fowler with 14 points, Andrews with 12, guard Emme Shearer with 11 and forward Liana Kaitu'u with 10. 

The Pilots next play Evergreen State at home on Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. 

Men’s Basketball

The first win of the week picked up by the Pilots came against Arkansas Pine-Bluff where they won 86-74 on Nov. 18. Five Pilots hit double figures in this game: forward Moses Wood had 21 points, forward Chika Nduka made 15 points and 10 points each were scored by guard/forward Tyler Robertson, forward Vasilije Vucinic and guard Mike Meadows. 

In their second win, the Pilots faced Morgan State on Nov. 20 where they won 74-63. Robertson finished with 22 points, Wood added 15 points and Austin put up 10 points. 

The Pilots next play Portland State away on Nov. 23. 

Men’s Soccer

In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Pilots hosted Seattle U at home on Nov. 18. They beat the Redhawks 3-2, with two goals from forward Alejandro Pereira (both assisted by midfielder Brandon Cambridge) and the final goal coming from midfielder Wesley Frankel assisted by defender Kevin Bonilla. 

The next game in the tournament took the Pilots to the University of Washington where they fell 3-1 on Nov. 21. The Pilots’ lone goal came from forward/midfielder Luke Hendel, putting in a rebound off a saved PK. Pilots goalkeeper George Tasouris put up a good show with four saves in the first half, but it wasn’t enough to keep #2 at bay. 

Cross Country

Both the men’s and the women’s cross country teams competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 20. 

The men’s team placed 16th, with Zak Kirk placing first for the Pilots and 52nd overall. 

The women’s team competed as well.

Women’s Volleyball

The Pilots were on the road for their second to last game of the season where they took on Gonzaga. They lost 0-3 with set scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-14 on Nov. 20. 

Outside hitter Charity Bradley had 11 kills, outside hitter Jayde Harris had 10 kills and setter Noelani Helm had 7. 

The Pilots will play their last game on the road against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 23. 

Wilder Isom is a sports reporter for the Beacon. She can be reached at isomw24@up.edu