The Vanguard University women's basketball team is only halfway through its Golden State Athletic Conference schedule. But the Lions (15-3, 9-1 in conference and ranked No. 9 in the NAIA) are just four days away from potentially determining their legitimacy as a conference title contender.
Coach Russ Davis' squad, on a seven-game winning streak, hits the road for conference clashes with GSAC-leading and No. 4-ranked Westmont (20-1, 10-0) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and at No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific (15-5, 8-2), the defending national champion, on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
"It's not going to be easy, but I think we're excited to see where we're at," said Vanguard Coach Russ Davis. "To stay in the hunt, we need to play well."
Vanguard has played better recently, upping its defensive intensity and its aggressiveness on the boards. The Lions lead the GSAC in defense (52.3 points allowed per game) in conference games only. They have also posted a plus-10 rebounding average against conference foes, tops in the GSAC.