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2011-12 Women's Basketball News

  • VANDERVEER NAMED HEAD COACH AT UC SAN DIEGO
    May 24, 2012
    LA JOLLA — Heidi VanDerveer, who led the Occidental College women’s basketball team to four SCIAC championships in four years, has accepted an offer to become the head coach at UC San Diego.
  • MAK NAMED 1ST TEAM ALL-WEST REGION
    March 13, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — Makenzie Brandon (Seattle) was named First Team All-West Region by d3hoops.com on Tuesday, becoming just the second Oxy women’s basketball player to earn first-team honors in the modern era.
  • MAK NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR, ROWE AND MESSICK ALL-CONFERENCE
    February 28, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — Makenzie Brandon was named the SCIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year, Katelyn Rowe made first-team all-conference, and Elizabeth Messick second team.
  • TIGERS STUNNED BY CAL LU IN SEMIS
    February 23, 2012
    LOS ANGELES – Occidental College coach Heidi VanDerveer knew it before the game. “If you’re going to beat Cal Lutheran University, you have to beat them on the boards,” she said prior to Thursday’s SCIAC semi final matchup with the Regals.
  • OXY WINS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP OUTRIGHT
    February 18, 2012
    LOS ANGELES —With the Occidental College women’s basketball team in an unfamiliar position trailing by two points with 8 minutes, 43 seconds to play in the second half, Brittni Walker (Castaic) converted a three-point play that ignited an 18-2 run to finish off Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, along with Oxy’s record-breaking SCIAC regular season championship run, 50-36 at Rush Gymnasium on Saturday.
  • TIGERS CLINCH FIFTH CONSECUTIVE SCIAC TITLE
    February 16, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — Makenzie Brandon (Seattle) scored 23 points, Katelyn Rowe (Carlsbad) grabbed 13 rebounds and the Occidental College women’s basketball team clinched at least a share of its fifth consecutive regular season SCIAC championship by steadily pulling away from Cal Lutheran for a 62-47 win at Rush Gymnasium on Thursday.
  • OXY SURVIVES WHITTIER, ONE WIN AWAY
    February 11, 2012
    WHITTIER — Katelyn Rowe (Carlsbad) and Makenzie Brandon (Seattle) combined for 34 points, and the Occidental College women’s basketball team shook off a slow first half with a better second, beating Whittier College 64-60 at the Graham Athletic Center on Saturday.
  • ADVANTAGE OXY, TIGERS ALONE IN FIRST WITH THREE TO PLAY
    February 09, 2012
    REDLANDS — When the Occidental College women’s basketball team beat Redlands 61-58 on Jan. 26 they joined them in first place. When they won on Thursday, they took over first place.
  • OXY EDGES CHAPMAN IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME THRILLER
    February 05, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — “Who needs a Super Bowl,” one fan yelled with the score still tied at 56 after the first overtime.
  • GOODWIN, AWBREY SET CAREER HIGHS IN WIN
    February 04, 2012
    PASADENA — Three Occidental College women’s basketball players came off of the bench and scored in double digits, leading the Tigers to a 74-40 win over Caltech at Braun Athletic Center on Saturday.
  • BRANDON ADDS ACADEMIC HONOR TO STANDOUT SEASON
    February 02, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — By now, anyone who has been paying attention to Occidental or SCIAC athletics is familiar with Makenzie Brandon (Seattle).
  • SHARP-SHOOTING OXY CRACKS ZONE FROM THE PERIMETER
    February 02, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — When you play the Occidental College women’s basketball team you have to pick your poison.
  • OXY VS. CHAPMAN GAME MOVED UP TO 1 P.M.
    February 01, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — Tipoff of the Occidental College women’s basketball team’s game against Chapman University on Sunday has been moved up to 1 p.m. in order to accommodate the Super Bowl starting later in the day.
  • MAK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR THE FOURTH TIME THIS SEASON
    January 31, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — ‎Occidental College women's basketball player Makenzie Brandon (Seattle) was named the SCIAC Female Student-Athlete of the Week for a remarkable fourth time this season and fifth time in her career on Tuesday after her second 30-plus-point performance of the season beat Redlands and put Oxy back into a first-place tie with the Bulldogs.
  • OXY WOMEN CRUISE PAST POMONA AT RUSH
    January 28, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — The Occidental College women’s basketball team blocked as many shots as Pomona-Pitzer made in the first half and Stephanie Scamman (Northridge) filled up the stat sheet in the Tigers 61-48 win over the Sagehens at Rush Gymnasium on Saturday.
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Occidental 61, Redlands 58 (Women's basketball)
    January 27, 2012
    Video recap of the Occidental College women's basketball team's 61-58 win over Redlands on Jan. 26, 2011.
  • OXY KNOCKS OFF REDLANDS, BACK IN FIRST
    January 26, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — If you saw the Lakers/Clippers battle it out on Wednesday night, then Thursday’s women’s basketball game between Occidental College and the University of Redlands would have looked familiar.
  • TIGERS WIN STREAK HALTED AT CLU
    January 21, 2012
    THOUSAND OAKS — The offense never got going, the big plays went the other way down the stretch and the Occidental College women’s basketball team lost to Cal Lutheran University 54-50 at Gilbert Arena on Saturday, snapping its six-game winning streak and bumping the Tigers out of first place in the SCIAC standings — Redlands (12-5, 6-0 SCIAC) beat Cal Tech 76-74 to take over the top spot.
  • OXY VS. CMS; A RIVALRY WITH A TWIST
    January 19, 2012
    CLAREMONT — Is it possible for a rivalry to be both heated and friendly? What if there is a pair of best friends coaching on opposing benches, sisters potentially guarding each other, and it’s a rematch of the 2010-11 SCIAC championship game?
  • OXY'S DEFENSE HOLDS CLAREMONT TO 32 POINTS IN BIG ROAD WIN
    January 19, 2012
    CLAREMONT — It’s been their identity all year, but on Thursday the Occidental College women’s basketball team’s stifling defense was on full display.
  • MAK NAMED SCIAC FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK AGAIN
    January 17, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — Makenzie Brandon (Seattle, WA) was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Female Student-Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, after scoring a career high 36 points in the Occidental College women’s basketball team’s 73-67 comeback win over Whittier College on Jan. 14.
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Occidental 73, Whittier 67 (Women's basketball)
    January 16, 2012
    Video recap of the Oxy women's basketball team's 73-67 win over Whittier College on Jan. 14, 2012.
  • BRANDON SCORES 36, ENGINEERS COMEBACK WIN
    January 14, 2012
    LOS ANGELES – When she scored 25 points in one half earlier this season that was remarkable. Then when she capped a string of 20-plus-point performances with a buzzer beater on New Year’s Eve she started to seem unstoppable.
  • STRONG DEFENSE GIVES OXY EASY WIN
    January 12, 2012
    CLAREMONT — The Occidental College women’s basketball team used suffocating defense to build a comfortable lead and cruised from there, beating Pomona-Pitzer 56-30 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at Voelkel Gymnasium on Thursday.
  • ROWE CAPS OXY COMEBACK WITH GAME-WINNER
    January 10, 2012
    ORANGE — Despite playing with its star on the bench in foul trouble for most of the game, the Occidental College women’s basketball team erased a double-digit lead, came up with a critical defensive stop with the score tied, then converted a picture-perfect fast break as time expired to beat Chapman University 59-57 at the Hutton Center on Tuesday.
  • BRANDON, TIGERS HOLD OFF ULV ON THE ROAD
    January 07, 2012
    LA VERNE — Makenzie Brandon (Seattle) scored 17 of her team-high 23 points in the second half, helping the Occidental College women’s basketball team hold off the University of La Verne 69-62 at the Frantz Athletic Court on Saturday.
  • YOUNG, REID LEAD STRONG BENCH EFFORT IN SCIAC WIN
    January 05, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — With 51 bench points and all 13 suited players scoring, the Occidental College women’s basketball team cruised past Caltech 83-27 at Rush Gymnasium on Thursday in its first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.
  • BRANDON EARNS SECOND SCIAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONOR
    January 04, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — There’s not much she could have done better. Occidental College women’s basketball forward Makenzie Brandon (Seattle) had a career’s worth of highlights in a short two-week stretch, earning her second Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Week award this season and the third of her career on Wednesday.
  • LATE RALLY NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME EARLY FOUL TROUBLE
    January 03, 2012
    LOS ANGELES — Despite a second-half comeback, the Occidental College women’s basketball team snapped its six-game winning streak, losing to Johns Hopkins University 62-51 at Rush Gymnasium on Tuesday in the team’s last non-conference game before the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season begins. Oxy starts its quest for a fifth consecutive SCIAC championship against Cal Tech at home at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
  • BRANDON'S BUZZER BEATER WINS IT FOR OXY
    December 31, 2011
    ORANGE — Trailing by one with seven seconds left, the Occidental College women’s basketball team was closer to losing then they’d been since their only loss this season on Nov. 25.
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