Keeping Up With the Cardinals
On the evening of Jan. 4, Andrews University Cardinals basketball teams charged into their first games of the semester. The rival: Southern States Community College. The outlook: meh.
“Even though we had already beat them, it's a whole new game and you have to take each team seriously. So we just made sure to have a focused practice and prepare for them,” said Nick Little (junior, pre-physical therapy), who plays as point guard for the men’s Cardinals.
The men ended up snagging a win, with a final score of 93-44. The women were less fortunate. Facing a final score of 46-61, they humbly accepted the L.
“We started off very strong, with a lot of energy,” said Kia Williams (sophomore, speech pathology), who serves as guard and small forward. “However, as the game progressed, the opposing team started making more shots. We lost some of our momentum. We went back and forth with the opposing team for the lead, but ultimately we were not able to hold onto the lead.”
However, despite their potential setback, the team’s ambition and drive has not been deterred, and they entered their next match determined as ever.
“After Sunday's win in Ohio, I'm feeling confident about the rest of the season,” said Daniela Castillo (junior, journalism and communications media). “When other teams go on a run against us, we tend to fall apart, but Sunday's game was different. We were losing by a bit, but somehow still held a strong mentality and continued working hard as a team despite the score. I think that's what allowed us to pull through and get the W, and we'll continue to maintain that mentality for the rest of the season.”
Likewise, the men’s team is also rallying together in this time of trial in anticipation of the hardest battles yet to come.
“The team is coming together just as we are getting ready to make a push for the tournament,” said Brandon VonDorpowski (junior, marketing), the team’s shooting guard.
It would seem that both men’s and women’s Cardinal players are ready to face the challenges that lie ahead with a chin-up-and-charge-the-mountain mentality, and we can expect exciting things from them in the near future.