Tonight, both Hope International's men's and women's basketball teams will be playing in the GSAC Championship game. This is the first time that any Royal team has reached a GSAC Championship game. The men's team takes on 2013-14 GSAC Champion Vanguard, which compiled an 11-3 conference record in the regular season, while the women face NAIA No. 7-ranked The Master's College.
The Mustangs enter tonight's contest with a three-game winning streak that started with a win over Hope International in the regular season finale. Seniors Jacquelyn Marshall and Zoe Scott each earned All-GSAC honors for the Mustangs who claimed second place in the GSAC regular season standings with a 10-4 conference record.
The Hope International women's team is enjoying its most successful season in program history, led by All-GSAC honorees Andrina Rendon and Brittany Bauman. The Royals are 22-9 on the season, which was good for No. 17 in the latest NAIA poll. En route to the championship game, the No. 4 seed defeated Biola before handing the nation's No. 1 Vanguard its first loss of the season in the semifinals.
The Hope International men also handed the men's No. 1 Cal State San Marcos its only loss of the season back in December. The Royals are now riding an eight-game winning streak immediately following a six-game losing streak. Garrett Neilan and Jeremy Kilgore each earned all-GSAC honors for the No. 23 team in the nation.
The Vanguard men's basketball team claimed the regular season GSAC Title and finished as a top-10 team in the country thanks to GSAC Player and Coach of the Year Preston Wynne and Rhett Soliday, respectively, and All-Conference honoree Chris Gorman. The Lions defeated San Diego Christian and Westmont to reach the championship game.
The women's game tips off at 5:00 PM at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and will be followed by the men's game at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased for $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating. With a single ticket fans gain entrance to both GSAC Championship Games. Both games will be televised on FOX College Sports and FOX Prime Ticket.