Coming off of a University record 12 win season in his first year at the helm of the Women's basketball program, Coach Thorson has put together a very difficult and challenging 2011-12 schedule.
The Golden Eagles will open the season with a short two-game road trip to Central California to face the Sun Birds of Fresno Pacific University followed by a contest versus the Westmont College Warriors. Both schools are members of the GSAC conference. Westmont finished the 2010-11 season with an impressive 20 wins, including a trip to the NAIA Div. I National championship tournament. The Golden Eagles will play four consecutive road games versus GSAC opponents before returning home to the friendly confines of the Alumni Pavilion. Over the course of the season, the Golden Eagles will face seven GSAC (Golden State Athletic Conference) teams this year. The GSAC is widely considered one of the most competitive conferences in the NAIA.
La Sierra will return home on Nov. 8th for an exhibition game versus the Toro's of Cal. State Dominguez Hills, an NCAA Div.II opponent. That game will tip-off at 7:30pm.
The Golden Eagles will then travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to play in the Westminster College Fall Classic. The Women will play the Univ. of Montana-Western, Carroll College and the Westminster College Griffins. This trip promises to be very challenging from start to finish.
La Sierra returns home to host the perennial NCAA Div.II power house Cal. State Univ. San Bernardino Coyotes followed by a visit from the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers.
The Golden Eagles will play a home and home series with the NCAA Div. II Cal Baptist Lancers as well as travel up the 91 freeway to face in -county rival, the University of Redlands Bulldogs.
La Sierra will host the visiting Pioneers from Lewis and Clark College of Portland, Oregon before embarking on a 9-day, 5-game road trip to Oregon and Washington. The Golden Eagles have contests scheduled with Oregon Tech of Klamath Falls, Linfield College in McMinnville and Pacific University in Portland. They will then travel to Walla Walla, Washington to face Whitman College and Walla Walla University.
The regular season concludes with a home and home series with Arizona Christian University and Cal State Univ. San Marcos.
"I am very excited for the season to start" says Coach Thorson. "We are all looking forward to a great year and a post-season appearance".
The La Sierra Golden Eagles are now eligible for post-season play .The Golden Eagles will now compete as members of the NAIA Independent Conference.
"We built our schedule with the sole purpose of qualifying and competing at the National level" says Coach Thorson. And the Golden Eagles intend to do just that.
You can follow the La Sierra Women's Basketball team all season long at www.lsugoldeneagles.com. All home games will be streamed live via the internet and the vast majority of all away games will be shown live via the host schools website as well.
We invite you to follow us on Facebook and
"It's going to be an amazing year" says the Coach. "We hope you can all be part of the action".